Yevgeny Giner: In 2012, CSKA budget will be $71-75m
CSKA Moscow president Yevgeny Giner told about the transfer policy of his club and the possible departure of Vagner Love and Seydou Doumbia from CSKA.
«In 2011 our budget was $72-74 million, and will remain within the same range in 2012 – $71-75 million. Meanwhile, at some clubs it reaches €120-130 million. In this respect CSKA is really behind Rubin Kazan, Zenit St. Petersburg, Spartak Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow. Now there’s also Anzhi Makhachkala.»
«When will CSKA overtake these clubs in terms of budgets?»
«Why should I? We are competing in sports, not in expenses. It would be silly for me to compete with Gazprom in terms of money. But if you spend less and still remain at the top, it means you’re doing your business right.»
«OK, thanks to the signings of Zenit, Dynamo, Rubing world’s top players started coming to Russia. For us at CSKA it’s not the goal. We also want stars, but younger ones. This is our club’s philosophy. Young players cost less, but then they grow here in terms of sporting performance and price.»
«It is ridiculous to sign top players, while we have stadiums, where the ball jumps instead of rolling smoothly and the players get injured. When Mikhail Prokhorov was the owner of FC Moscow, he wanted to bring in Luis Figo. I told him: «You’d first show him your locker room at Vostochnaya Street and tell, where Vladivostok is in Russia.»
«Will you sell your leaders, Vagner Love and Doumbia, the latter of whom is linked to Tottenham allegedly in exchange for Roman Pavlyuchenko?»
«We will consider an offer for Vagner, though I haven’t thought about the price still. But Doumbia is not for sale,» Giner said in an interview with Izvestia.