"My desire is to enjoy with all the fans"
President Chen Yansheng believes that the goals set are being achieved
The president of RCD Espanyol, Chen Yansheng, has attended the media before returning to China and has taken advantage to talk about the evolution of his project, the winter market and his sensations before Sunday's derby against FC Barcelona.
"It's been almost a year... time flies! We believe that we have been fulfilling the objectives. What we want is to keep the same goals that were announced a year ago and we think that we are on the right track. We hope to continue fulfilling them", he said. The president indicated that the three economic, sports and social areas are linked. "If the sport objective is achieved, the other two areas will also be strengthened because they support sports development. For a positive development of the club the three areas have to go together, but every project needs time. Everything I've seen this week is pretty close to what I wanted. I am taking a good memory to China and I want to insist that I have seen a united Espanyol." Chen Yansheng has said that after one year "my passion has increased". The top official has acknowledged that he wants to organize "a academy in China, but we have to have a reliable and stable partner."
On the possibility of signing next winter market he has explained that there is a process before making the decisions. "The coach tells us about the needs, the sports director analyzes several options, the CEO negotiates the clauses and contracts and the CFO calculates the return on investment and other aspects. Finally, the president makes the final decision that best suits the club." While it has pointed out that there may be some incorporation in the winter market, it has made clear that the work is focused "on the summer market".
Regarding the derby has stated that "in the Spanish league there i a great between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and other teams. I think we have to do what we have to do: be professionals so our fans enjoy football. We hope that the team gives the maximum level that it has because our requirement is the same for all games. The only thing we want is to celebrate the victories together with the players".
Finally, the president has acknowledged that the Board of Directors is concerned about public assistance in the ground and asked for the support of the social group: "We know that all projects need time and we have the patience to improve day by day. Figures indicate that we are improving and we are confident that we are on the right track".
For the president, it is also important to strengthen grassroots football: "We will not only focus on Catalonia but on a national, European and global level to capture the best players for our quarry. The best will stay at home and if someone leaves, someone even better will come".
Finally he has insisted that the team is "on the right track" and has remarked that the goal of this season is "to be in the top 10 and once achieved, for next year will be the Top-8. We hope to be able to consolidate this goal and be able to enter Europe". Finally he has stated that his wish is "to enjoy with all our fans of our football and where there are football fans there are fans of Espanyol".