La Liga Giants Sevilla set to join hands with an Indian club
The club CEO revealed that an Indian club is set to enter into a partnership.
Top Spanish outfit Sevilla FC is all set to enter into a partnership with an Indian club, CEO of Sevilla Jose Maria Cruz has revealed.
The club has recently won its record 6th UEFA Europa League title, thus bringing an end to its trophy drought after defeating Inter Milan in the competition’s final back in August this year. The Spanish outfit is eyeing to make a foray into the Indian football market, as a part of its campaign for global recognition.
“We have always been a small club with limited resources but now we want to start growing internationally. We want to define who we are and India is the main objective for us,” Jose Maria Cruz, the CEO of Sevilla FC, told the Indian Express.
“Previously, we had our focus on the likes of the USA, Mexico, Japan, China, and a few African countries, but India and its market demand most of our efforts and resources for at least the next three years.”
Jose further revealed that the club had earlier made an attempt to partner with an Indian Super League (ISL) club and was almost on the verge of inking the agreement, but that the Indian club backed out at the last moment to enter into a partnership with another European club.
"Earlier, we had an opportunity to make a deal with an ISL club, but they backed out in the last minute only to enter into a partnership with another European club. Now, we are aiming to announce a long-term partnership with an unnamed Indian club by December with whom we want to create a sporting asset,” said Cruz.
Sevilla at the moment does not intend to invest in any club and is only focusing on carrying out their technical projects in the country. Besides, they also plan to send their reserve side to play friendlies in India soon.
"We want to create new technological projects in India… we never wanted to partially own any club. Within the next two years, we plan to play some friendly matches in the country with Sevilla B, who is currently in Segunda Division B.”
Apart from their personal project, the club is also looking to contribute more towards the La Liga soccer schools in the country.
Sevilla currently sits at the 13th position in La Liga this season, with seven points from five matches.
Earlier this year Hyderabad FC entered into a partnership with Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City owners City Football Group announced their ownership at Mumbai City FC.