Florentino Prerez insists he has been taken wildly out of context after quotes from an interview with El Confidencial, in which he branded Real Madrid legends Raul and Iker Casillas the club’s ‘biggest frauds’, were leaked.
The 74-year-old, who returned as president in 2009, was speaking after leaving the role for the first time, having claimed Raul played a part in his decision to quit.
Casillas and Raul, two of Real’s most decorated players in the club’s distinguished history, both left have since recently returned to the Spanish capital having hung up their playing boots.
‘He is not good enough to be the goalkeeper for Real Madrid, what do you want me to say?’ Perez says of Casillas in the leaked conversation. ‘He is not. And he never has been.
‘It is the big mistake we made. What has happened is that [broken audio] they adore him, they want to speak with him… I don’t know. They defend him so much. But, well, he is one of the big frauds of Madrid. The second is Raul. The two biggest frauds at Madrid are first Raul and then Casillas.’
Perez, the brainchild of the aborted European Super League, has subsequently moved to defend his comments and claims he is ready to take legal action.
A statement read: ‘The published quotes were part of conversations secretly recorded by Mr Jose Antonio Abellan, who has been trying to sell the recordings for many years without any success. I find it surprising that they have been published today by El Confidencial, despite the time that has elapsed.
‘They are isolated quotes that were part of conversations and have been taken out of the wider context in which they were made.
‘I understand that the fact that they have been published now, so many years on from the time the conversations took place, owes to my involvement as one of the driving forces behind the Super League.
‘I have placed the matter in the hands of my lawyers, who are examining the course of action to be taken.’
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