Real Madrid have suffered a blow regarding the project for the new Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
The Madrid Council is refusing to budge on their stance that the terms outlined by the club for the redevelopment of the ground – approved in November 2012 but already declared void in a court of law – no longer apply.
These include plans to build a hotel, underground car park and shopping centre, although Jose Manuel Calvo, a representative from Sustainable Urban Development, has stated the council is open to proposals “provided they are compatible with the public interest”.
However, the Madrid High Court of Justice maintained last February that they were not, although two months ago Los Blancos President Florentino Perez attended a meeting with mayor Manuel Carmena’s representatives from which he seemed to emerge in optimistic mood.
Perez is believed to be desperate to add this upgrade to his legacy as President after experiencing a difficult last few months at the helm.