Elizegi continues giving explanations for the Ordinary Assembly of Compromisarios next Saturday, in which she must overcome several thorny points. The leader justified the COVID quota quantified at 120 euros for next year’s cards during an interview on TeleBilbao. Try to carry out “a normal, regular budget. We are not asking us to make an effort, we already did it in January 2020. With that quota we have tried to manage these two years of work, but we had to face 2022 and we value this effort ”. There he got a bit messy as he sometimes does: he doesn’t ask for an effort, but deep down, something does.
The players have absorbed 180 million these two years in chips and have only contributed 12 with the cuts applied, although the Bilbao chef believes that they have already done enough: “Few squads unanimously, including players and coaches who are no longer there, have signed that agreement. This has not happened in most of the competitors around us. Twelve million is a very important figure for many players in the first team. We still had the effort of the partners, we asked them for time. Not everyone is worth 120 euros, we know. But the players took a step forward that the rest of the dressing rooms did not. “
Elizegi took heart that the pandemic has subtracted 51.7 million income; “Someone questioned my forecast of 50” and we must add the tax burden. What now occupies him is to sign contracts with gross amounts and for individual and collective objectives. “We are more partners than at the beginning of the pandemic. I doubt that many can say the same. Athletic is very strong, with a social implantation that not all competitors can exhibit if they let us budget”. What he does ask of the players is the following: “We demand that the squad occupy the noble part of the table and be in Europe, but it is important that they face the competition on equal terms with their rivals.”
The rojiblanco leader confirmed that “A great English club” wanted to pay the Williams clause (AS already reported in its day that it was Liverpool) “And Barça would probably be interested”, but the forward wanted to stay. This astutely helps to reduce the pressure on the player after claiming the head of the accounts that he was the only one who broke the logical ceiling of wages. Faced with the opinion of the accountant, De las Fuentes, that they are doomed to sell stars to survive, pointed out: “We cannot let a proven player leave this club. Every time the possibility of transferring a sports asset was on the table, we have convinced the accountant and the entire working group that the best thing is to keep it ”.
Former president García Macua pointed out on the same channel in which Elizegi has expressed himself today that he saw the Real eat the land of Athletic. But this one does not go that way. “La Real does not seem like a role model to me, it seems like one more, I have nothing against that model, but the history of Athletic cannot be compared with that of other teams.. We have chosen to be what we are, not what we are. Sometimes it weakens us, but it makes us very strong. Every summer I do not depend on the market but on our quarry. We want to maintain our philosophy and its consequences until the end ”.
Clemente accused that there are “fans” directing Athletic. The usual, set fires in order to continue in the arena. He still does not assume that his time has passed and he received the pertinent zasca: “Of course, we are fans with the illusion of directing Athletic and we hope that it will continue to be that way for many more years, we put professionalized decisions in the right hands.” In addition, he decided that at the moment he is not going to put a commercial surname to “a mythical stadium, which is a cathedral, a temple” like San Mamés. He hinted that if the sports management headed by Alkorta advises him to address the renewal of Marcelino before the end of the season, he will proceed to open talks. Elizegi sent a message yesterday to Iñigo Vicente, on loan at Mirandés, for his great goal at Ibiza and he likes a Nico Williams who he compares with Etxeberria.
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