One of the few people who could challenge Florentino Perez for the presidency of Real Madrid has stated that he would not want Zinedine Zidane to lead the club.
Perez has won the club’s last three presidential elections – in 2009, 2013 and 2017 – the last two of which were held without a rival candidate after the club’s constitution was changed in 2012.
Enrique Riquelme, the founder and largest shareholder of Cox Energy and only 32 years old, told El Confidencial last month that he planned to challenge Perez one day.
Riquelme has now stated that if he declares his candidacy for these elections, he will seek to replace the club’s coach.
In quotes carried by El Mundo Deportivo, he told radio station Cope: “Zidane would not be my coach. We would think of another profile with another strategy. I personally like (Liverpool boss, Jurgen) Klopp a lot and Raúl is doing very well. We would assess it.”
Riquelme then slammed Perez’s decision to call elections in the current climate, despite the fact that the season was still going on and the economic implications of the Covid-19 pandemic were still unknown.
“Unpredictably Florentino Pérez has called mid-season elections. Who is surprised? The week we play against Liverpool and are about to play against Barça. And more in a year like this, with a pandemic and in the middle of the vaccination stage.
“I could expect many things, but I never expected such an act. Just before taking off, they asked me what Florentino could do to hurt me and I said: ‘If someone wants to do something harmful, it would be to call elections.’ And when landing in Mexico they were called!
“The movement has not only been against me but it has been a movement against the members. No one has voted for 20 years. As soon as my name rings after two days, he calls elections…I have asked the Electoral Board all the requirements to present myself by mail and they have not responded.”
Riquelme was then pressed on whether he would run for office in the upcoming elections.
“If the elections had been in June, I would have been a candidate – 100 percent. We even saw what would happen if the elections were brought forward and I said: ‘It’s impossible, it would be too cowardly.’
“I just asked them to tell me exactly the requirements: what is the guarantee, what are the deadlines. If I can, I would love to present myself, but I unfortunately believe that it is very complicated due to the times.”
Riquelme is the founder and CEO of Cox Energy, a Spanish renewable energy company specializing in solar photovoltaics, but he is still relatively unknown in the United States.
Source: Football Espana