While discussions have started between the UNFP and Ligue 1 clubs, Keylor Navas does not seem very inclined to accept a drop in his salary.
“I hope it will also be an opportunity for the clubs to question themselves, because they have – everywhere – lost their minds. “ On Monday, at a press conference, André Villas-Boas was angry against the excesses of football, which it is important to correct with the financial crisis that accompanies the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the viewfinder of OM, there were “Transfers to 300 million euros and things like that”, made by some clubs. From this point of view, the market should self-regulate, and adjust according to the means of buyers. But the urgency would be elsewhere: it is the salaries of the players that weigh heavily, and that should be reduced rather quickly. Discussions have started in this direction between the players’ union, the UNFP, and a delegation of club presidents.
Navas: “We earn and deserve our salary” “It is obvious, when we look at the charges and operating accounts of football clubs, that salaries weigh a lot, summarizes the economist Pierre Rondeau, interviewed by France Info.
We are 55% on average at the level of charges for professional football clubs and it has risen to 70% for certain Ligue 2 clubs. So salaries weigh heavily. Faced with decreases in revenue linked to both the health crisis and the bankruptcy of Mediapro, clubs must absolutely find solutions to reduce the wing, to reduce their expenses, otherwise they are on the verge of bankruptcy and filing for balance sheet. So yes, cutting wages is a solution. Now, and that will be the whole point of the meeting between the players’ union and the clubs, we have to find the right methodology. ” It will especially be necessary to convince the players to make a certain effort. And the reaction ofKeylor Navas , questioned on the subject this Tuesday at a press conference, says a lot about the road that remains to be covered. ” As players, we understand the situation, explained the PSG goalkeeper. We lowered our salaries during confinement, it was necessary, because the competition was stopped. Today, we do not know what it is. The competition continues, we win and deserve our salary, we haven’t been told anything, I have nothing to say about it. “
The negotiations (and the debate) are only just beginning.
Jean-Pierre Caillot (Reims), Jean-Michel Aulas (Lyon), Marc Keller (Strasbourg), Loïc Féry (Lorient) and Christian Leca (AC Ajaccio, Ligue 2).
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