Hours after Atlético Madrid’s Executive Board publicly announced its decision to can coach Gregorio Manzano, both the club’s president, Enrique Cerezo, and its general manager and majority shareholder, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, spoke to the press regarding the team’s current state of affairs. “We submitted an offer to ‘el Cholo’ Simeone,” Cerezo told reporters at
The dust has yet to settle on another league season, but Atleti has begun to plan for many to come. Today the club started a new project, starting with the presentation of the new directors in charge of our footballing future. Enrique Cerezo presented José Luis Caminero as the new Sporting Director and Carlos Aguilera as the head of our youth department to the press on Monday morning.
More details about Sergio Agüero’s decision to leave Atletico have come to light, including Atlético’s strict stance regarding the forward’s buy-out clause and the club’s strategies to prevent a possible move to Real Madrid. On Monday, the club rejected Kun’s request to have his buy-out clause lowered, complicating his route out of Atleti.
Atlético president Enrique Cerezo, who more often than not appears to be out of the loop when it comes to all topics related to the club he presides over, answered questions today in response to Sergio Agüero’s desire to leave the club. “We are not selling and we will not negotiate with anyone,” Cerezo told several Spanish media outlets. “We have made that very clear.”
Atlético directors Enrique Cerezo and Miguel Ángel Gil Marín found themselves very busy in Turkey on Friday, as they looked to take care of a number of business transactions in Istanbul. Reports in the Turkish media confirm they are, in fact, negotiating the sale of Diego Forlán to Besiktas, the purchase of Arda Turan from Galatasaray and a sponsorship deal for next season with Turkish Airlines.
It’s been quiet around Atléticos por el Cambio for some weeks now. In February they publicly criticised the current owners of Atlético, as the group intends to help give the club back to its fans. But at a press conference on Monday, the protest group alleged that Gil and Cerezo were preparing to sell their shares in the club.
The Madrid District Court announced a ruling on Thursday nullifying an Atlético increase in capital that took place in 2003 because of “legal fraud.” The club has stated that the decision will be appealed to the Spanish Supreme Court. The judgment resulted from an appeal of an April 2009 ruling filed by minority shareholders of the club supported by members of Señales de Humo.
The Law Firm of Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo has officially withdrawn its 4,000 page report in which it had claimed Atlético’s debt was at €782m. The retracted report was prepared for Asociacion Señales de Humo, clients of the firm. Cremades issued a public apology to Enrique Cerezo and Miguel Ángel Gil Marín.
Spain’s anti-corruption prosecution agency, the Fiscalía Anticorrupción, is reportedly investigating the family of Atlético General Director Miguel Angel Gil Marín as part of an alleged 2003-04 financial scandal which took place at the club. President Enrique Cerezo may also be implicated. If found guilty, the pair could be forced out of the club.
A week after appearing on a radio show together, Atlético directors Enrique Cerezo and Miguel Ángel Gil Marín went to the offices of AS for an interview and responded to attacks from opposition groups. The pair also spoke about the club’s stance regarding league television contracts and other financial issues.