‘Navas and Negredo sales are risky’

Sevilla President Jose Maria Del Nido has admitted the sales of Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo could prove ‘risky’.

Navas left to join Manchester City this summer in a deal reported to be worth between €23m and €28m while Negredo also appears destined for the Etihad Stadium, and Del Nido recognised it is a dangerous strategy to sell the club’s top players to service mounting debts, although he defended the decision..

“Yes it seems risky, but only when we have acted strongly in the past have we obtained economic and sporting success.

“Finishing ninth in two consecutive seasons is not cause for revolution, yet this year we’ve decided to do something about it and that’s where we stand,” he told a meeting of the Andalumedia digital group, before commenting on his long-running crusade for a fairer share of television rights.

“As for the distribution of TV rights it now seems [La Liga Vice-President] Javier Tebas is going to go for a more equal share from the 2015-16 season.

“Also, the Secretary of State for sport, in accordance with the new law he is committed to debate before the end of the year, will legislate about the compulsory selling of television rights.

“That means the sale of football as a whole package and not individually as happens at the moment.”

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