Tebas fears Spain talent drain
Javier Tebas, the Spanish Football League president, believes mounting club debts may force the best talent to leave the country.
Tebas is concerned that the departure of big-name players like Radamel Falcao and Jesus Navas could be the start of an exodus of talent as the top club’s struggle to control rising levels of debt.
Valencia, Deportivo La Coruna and Atletico Madrid are among the clubs to have hit the headlines in recent years due to financial problems.
Tebas believes the only way the clubs can shed these pressures is to sell their better players.
Since the end of the season, Atletico have sold Falcao to Monaco and Navas looks set to sign for Manchester City from Sevilla, with Tebas warning fans of all clubs that more players could follow them out of Spain in the coming years.
“Fans need to be aware that there is going to be an exodus of players over the next three to four years, because we need clubs to decrease their debts if they are able to become alternatives to the big clubs,” he told AS.
Tebas is looking at ways to expand the global appeal of Spanish football in order to generate extra funds.
“We need to look to the foreign market if we are to increase our television revenues,” he added. “That means we have to pay attention to the television operators abroad, and make things easier for them in terms of kick-off times.”
Mon 10 June, 2013