Bluffing? Real Madrid’s Perez says no January transfers despite looming ban

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is facing the club’s expected two-window transfer ban with typical aplomb.

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The bombastic executive, 68, says Real will not be adding any new players during the window because they’ve got all the quality they need in their stables.

Again claiming the proposed ban is absurd, Perez spoke out to France Football.


“We are not going to be making any signings in the January window but that doesn’t have anything to do with the ban, it is because we have the best players and the best coach,” he told France Football.

“The FIFA sanction is hurtful. It is a very serious matter to smear Real Madrid’s reputation in this way. We are convinced that it is all a mistake; it is ridiculous to think that Real Madrid will be punished for a matter concerning the protection of minors when the children have always been a priority for us.”

Questionable move by Perez, though you have to imagine clubs are quoting enormous fees to Real due to the club’s sheer desperation.

Then again, perhaps these quotes are Perez telling the world that he won’t be bullied in the market. Either way, it would be a shocking development if Real didn’t fortify in some way by the time the window closes on Feb. 1.