16 January 2019 - 22h09
Outside the derby between AS Monaco and OGC Nice (1-1), Vadim Vasilyev gave his greetings and shared the club’s infrastructure projects. Dmitri Rybolovlev was attending and even took the floor.
One hour before the match between AS Monaco and OGC Nice (1-1), the VIP lounge of the Stade Louis-II was full. The reason? The presentation of the greetings as well as the future infrastructure projects of the princely club (#TheNextLevel). If the winter recruits, Cesc Fabregas leading the way, were gathered in the room, as well as the Minister of State Serge Telle, Dmitri Rybolovlev presence eventually drew attention. The appearances of the Russian billionaire, owner of AS Monaco since December 2011, had become rare in the past months. But he was keen to speak out in his native language, with the support of a translator. Introducing to the audience with his greetings for the New Year, Dmitry Rybolovlev spoke of “a difficult 2018 season for the club”, where “sports mistakes were made” but with an “improvement since early January that keep on going”.
Rybolovlev comments on buyout rumours
“I promise to do everything I can for the club. We have already invested 335 million euros. The club starts making money. And these funds are reinvested in its development”, assured the president of AS Monaco, who was given the opportunity to face up to rumours of a possible buyout: “They have been denied several times. I think that the projects we are presenting to you are the best proof that our actions are sustainable.” Leaving the platform claiming “Allez Monaco” in French, he gave way to his vice-president, Vadim Vasilyev, for a further presentation of major infrastructure projects with a video support, including the performance centre at La Turbie.
These projects are “a commitment in the long term”
The latter, which will be part of “the most modern in Europe” (expected delivery during the 2020/2021 season), has cost the club the trifling sum of 55 million euros. A substantial but essential investment according to the vice-president, to enable players to “work in the best conditions but also to welcome sponsors, partners and supporters with a centre up to our project.” By then, the Stade Louis-II will have 18 new VIP lodges (as soon as next season) while the Academy building, La Diagonale, should be delivered in Cap d’Ail at the beginning of the 2020/2021 season. Vadim Vasyliev concludes: “With the president, we love this club that has a fantastic past but I am convinced that its present and its future are just as exciting.”
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