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Most football clubs tend to part company with their coach when things are not going so well, not Real Madrid, after snatching the Spanish title from under the noses of arch rivals Barcelona they sack coach Fabio Capello. Real and their president, Ramon Calderon, want a more expansive style of play and have charged German Bernd Schuster deliver. So overall it has been an up and down season for Calderon, his first since being elected president.

Ramon Calderon, in an exclusive interview for EuroNews, spoke about the season just gone and the one just round the corner.

EuroNews:
Hello Mr Calderon. This year, your first as president, has not been without its difficulties, it began with elections, then poor results on the pitch.But in the end the brand Real Madrid finished with more than one title. What are your thoughts on the season just gone?

Ramon Calderon:
“On the sporting side it has been a magnificent season two championships, in football and basketball and the ULEB Cup.
This is something we haven’t done for 40-years.
Of course we had our doubts to begin with but that’s normal in football, a new coach, eight new players, a new system and the pressure of not winning a trophy in 3-years.
In the end it was a great adventure which ended well to the satisfaction of all Madridistas.”

EuroNews:
“Let’s stick with the football, you win a much needed title then make a drastic change, sacking Fabio Capello and bringing in Bernd Schuster. Why did the club make the decision to sack Capello just 11 days after winning the title?”

Ramon Calderon:
“Because we as a club are looking for excellence, yes we won the title but, it’s also true that the paying public didn’t like the style of play so we decided to make the change. We we felt that the end of the season was the right time to do it. We thank Capello for his work but, we want to improve, to play flowing football, football the public enjoy the fans were complaining all season about the coach, but we didn’t think it was a good idea to change during the season.”

EuroNews:
“Why will Shuster be more effective than Capello?”

Ramon Calderon:
“ We were looking for someone more flexible and a team that plays attacking, enjoyable football we feel Schuster is the man for the job.”

EuroNews:
“Summer’s here but the work continues, what about new recruits, there has been speculation about Kaka since you became president, is there a chance he will come to Madrid or is it just a dream?”

Ramon Calderon:
“Well it’s difficult, Milan don’t want to sell him so there is no possibility to buy him. But if he wants to leave the San Siro then he will be welcome at Real Madrid.”

EuroNews:
“ What about Chelsea winger Arjen Robben his name has been connected with Madrid for a while are you still interested in him?”

Ramon Calderon: “Yes, we are in talks, we are waiting for Chelsea and the player to reach some sort of agreement, but all this takes time.”

EuroNews:
“ You are hard at work but so are other clubs, Barcelona have already signed Henry, Abidal and Toure. Bayern Munich have already bought big and Manchester United have been busy everyone is waiting for Real to buy…does the transfer activity of other clubs concern you?”

Ramon Calderon:
“ Well that’s normal, Barcelona need to improve, to raise their level. It is Real Madrid who are the champions we are looking to consolidate we are busy with our own needs.”

EuroNews:
“Let’s speak about the G 14 and the problems with UEFA. What are the major differences between the big clubs and UEFA, European footballs governing body?”

Ramon Calderon:
“We are trying to have good relations. If the G14 is to continue to exist it has to be with UEFA and FIFA’s blessing, if not things could be difficult.”

EuroNews:
“ Do you feel a group of clubs should exist outside UEFA which governs the European game?”

Ramon Calderon:
“ Well we have to look inside UEFA and FIFA that’s where the problems are, we don’t want to break up the football family we want a united game that looks after everyone’s interests, conflict will not help and will be bad for the sport.”

EuroNews:
“ Is a European superleague on the cards with all the big clubs involved without UEFA involvement?”

Ramon Calderon: “ I don’t think so, a superleague exists it’s called the Champions League. It is a great success with the public the TV and financially. We will continue to support it. Real Madrid has no intention of backing a similar project outside UEFA.”

EuroNews:
“As for FIFA how is the relationship with the big clubs. Everyone is aware of the fixture problems caused by international matches and players who return to their clubs injured, even the smaller clubs complain about that?”

Ramon Calderon:
“We are working so that clubs get adequate compensation. FIFA are working on it and have announced they have the insurance in place to cover the costs of an injured player. FIFA have done good work and relations with Sepp Blatter are good, he is a man who has done great things and continues to do great things for the sport, I am sure we will find a fix that is good for everyone involved.”

EuroNews:
“ Who do you think will win the Champions League?”

Ramon Calderon:
“ I hope we do, I know a lot of Real Madrid fans want a 10th Champions League in our trophy cabinet and we will do everything we can to achieve it.”