After making a name for themselves in Europe with a record sixth UEFA Europa League title last season, Sevilla will soon unveil partnership with unnamed Indian football club.
Sevilla FC’s CEO Jose Maria Cruz reveled during the media interaction that that the Spanish club wants to help Indian football grow. He said, Indian fans need to stay patient as it is a long-term project. He further said that Sevilla FC want to learn about Indian football and its culture before taking definite steps in a bid to nurture the unearthed talent in India.
“We have always been a small club with limited resources but now we want to start growing internationally. We want to define who we are and India is the main objective for us,” Jose Maria Cruz, the CEO of Sevilla FC, during a media interaction.
Sevilla, who have previously won one La Liga and five Copa del Reys, ended their four-year trophy drought after defeating Inter Milan in the continental competition’s final back in August. Now, with the club amongst the elite of Europe, it has planned out a collaboration to increase their international presence.
“Yes, we want to come to India but we will never pretend to share our experience and expertise straightaway as we need to learn more about Indian football and culture first. It is a long term process. Even though we are very experienced in Spanish football and European football, we don’t pretend to transfer it to Indian players right away,” Sevilla CEO.
Jose Maria Cruz further said that Sevilla FC don’t want to start in a rush and abandon the project in a few months – similar cases have happened not only India but other parts of the world as well – and the Spanish club intends to help the Indian football only after gaining in-depth knowledge about the footballing culture in the country, who hosted the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017.