Valencia owner Peter Lim named ‘stability on and off the pitch’ as his long-term target for the club and thanked the fans for their welcome.
Lim conducted a Christmas interview with the official Valencia website, AS reporting his comments on a number of topics.
“I think the first thing we need to do is bring stability to the club, both economically and on-the-pitch. The two are related today, because football needs a lot of money,” he explained.
“Players cost a lot of money, so clubs need good economic management to be sustainable. We haven’t reached that, but it’s something we’ll work hard for. Once we’re financially stable, we can achieve anything.
“My long-term goal is to compete at the highest level every year, without stressing the system. I think the key is sustainability, not spending too much one year and having to sell our best players the next to help the economics.”
Lim looked back on his inaugural 12 months at the helm of Los Che, a year that included a return to the Champions League and the decision to part company with Nuno Espirito Santo.
“It’s been a very exciting year. It was a huge learning experience, the passion of the fans, how big a club Valencia is,” he revealed.
“I think what made me happiest was the economic stability is already very clear. The base is there. We’re on track and I think that has been our greatest achievement.
“The unforgettable moment was the first welcome from the fans. It was a great gesture from the people of Valencia. I felt very welcome when I arrived for my first game at Mestalla. It was a special moment and I thank the fans for that.”