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Yves Leterme about mad transferzomer: ‘Everything indicates that this trend of future’

Ex-prime minister Yves Leterme examines on behalf of the UEFA Paris Saint-Germain this season, the rules of Financial Fair Play respects. In the spring the results are known, he says in an interview with Sport/Voetbalmagazine.

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Leterme, former prime minister of Belgium, is principal investigator in the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) of the European football association UEFA. From that position she seeketh to possible infringements against the rules of the Financial Fair Play (FFP). That FFP rules prevent clubs debts opeenstapelen in their pursuit for sporting success. Since the introduction of the FFP wants the UEFA the football-related income and expenditure of a club more or less in balance.

Sport/Voetbalmagazine had an extensive conversation with Leterme on, among other things, the power of PSG, that this summer, extracted with the megatransfers of Neymar (€222 million) and Kylian Mbappé. The Parisian club last summer, the football world is permanently changed?

“One is left to another dimension’, acknowledges Leterme. All the evidence indicates that this is the trend of the future. I’m not going to say that we the coming years to the top ten transfers each of the transitions of 200 million euros, but the limit of 100 million will increasingly be exceeded. And if you do that, in purely economic view, that is logical. The growth of the revenues and the growth of the markets in which these clubs can be active, is such that such upward thrust will, though there will be sooner or later a correction will come.’

“For me it’s delicate to have that concrete case a decision, but regardless of the case around Neymar, I think we have to keep in mind that the brand value of football players in the coming years to be immensely will increase’, Leterme further. “European football has a brand value which is in the top four of the carriers of commercial advertising. The penetration force of a football club and a player is huge. The financial value of them underestimated one another, though you have clubs that are already there explicitly are doing. In Suning Holding Groups, the Chinese investors Inter took over, they think, for example, about what it can bring to their Chinese department stores, a rack to be provided with European voetbalmerchandising.

‘Business and can ask you for huge amounts of that this summer’s cases are, but there is a global economy in which you have a massive increase of the number of people that poverty transcends and disposable income to acquire. The number of potential consumers increases very rapidly. We have a continent with 500 to 600 million inhabitants. Of them may be the greatest part voetbaldiensten, tv subscriptions and merchandising products to buy. The next ten years, the number of people in that position to more than double, simply by the people who relax in other parts of the world.”

Read the full interview with Yves Leterme in our +zone, or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 13 december.

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