Rufete and Durán give a positive assessment of the summer market
The CEO and general manager of RCD Espanyol, José María Durán, and the club's sports director, Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete, paid attention to the media to take stock of the summer market. With its nuances, the two club representatives believe it has been quite satisfactory given the current conditions.
“We were very clear that decisions had to be made and we knew that, along the way, we were going to encounter complex situations. We have a squad we can trust. It's important to know where we are and what's at stake. I don't know if it's the best squad, but football is clear: if you achieve the goal, you will have the best squad to go up to First. We will be the best if we achieve the goal. We have worked to give the coach the most competitive squad possible, it will be the best if we achieve the goal. The squad is competitive,” Rufete said.
Durán, along these lines, highlighted that it has been "an extraordinary market" due to "environmental and sectoral factors." “The calendars have changed, the income structure, we have had new LaLiga regulations which have reduced the liquid assets in the market and made registration difficult. All these adverse circumstances together with the demotion have caused many difficulties,” he said. The CEO insisted that the club carried out “a strategy to defend its interests and get where we wanted. It is a major asset to know who we have behind us; we are not defenceless. We have taken on a series of risks that, in other circumstances, we would not have been able to. It has been a great team effort.”
Durán made it clear that Sergi Darder and David López's salary reductions "are in exchange for nothing." “The proposed objectives have been achieved: bring in who we wanted, retain as much talent as possible... It has been hard work to lay the foundations and achieve the goal.”
Rufete also reinforced that some of the big name players have understood the club's situation perfectly: “If there wasn't something in it for all parties, they understood that they were not going to get out. We are happy that they have stayed, because they will help us and contribute a lot. These people are going to fight to achieve the goal, and we are going to be pushing for Espanyol to get into the First Division.”
In other good news, Duran has reported that the club is about to close Nico Melamed's renewal. “I think the most important thing for this club has to be the people from home. We have been working on this for a long time: he is an important player at the club, and definitely on the football scene,” added Rufete.
Questioned about the upcoming winter market, both Rufete and Durán made it clear that the club is in a good situation and that positioning will be firm. "It is a market and we will have to be vigilant," he concluded.