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Real to sell before new deals

REAL Madrid needs to sell at least five players to raise the cash to fund more signings, the club's director general Jorge Valdano said yesterday.

Under new president Florentino Perez, Real has spent more than 200 million euros (US$278 million) over the past month, including a record 93 million euros on Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo and 67 million on Brazilian playmaker Kaka.

"We need money to continue being active in the market. And at the moment to get money we have to sell players," Valdano said at the club's offices in the Bernabeu stadium.

"We need to trim at least five players from the squad. The priority over the next few weeks is the sale of players and not the signing of new ones."

Real has six Dutch players, including strikers Ruud van Nistelrooy and Klaas Jan Huntelaar, winger Arjen Robben and midfielder Wesley Sneijder in its ranks. Spanish media claim that several of them may leave.

Huntelaar, who only arrived during the last winter transfer window, has been linked with Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart, although he is reportedly unhappy with its wage offer.

"Things are progressing with some players," Valdano said when asked how talks on sales were going. "But a bit of calm is needed in some cases because we have to complete the negotiations with the clubs."

Ideally, Real would raise enough money to buy another central midfielder and a defender, he said, and hinted that Sneijder could stay on for this season.

"We need two players for each position," he said. "There are some positions where we have four players and others where we have one. Sneijder is a player that at the moment is important for the club."

Valdano said it was "football fiction" to think that Real would ever attempt to lure Argentina winger Lionel Messi from arch rival Barcelona.

"At the moment we have not thought about any (Barca) player," he said. "We are involved in another kind of analysis. We have no intention of talking about any Barcelona player."

Valdano also said that Perez had doubled revenues and made Real the world's richest club by bringing in "galacticos" like David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane during his first term in 2000-2006.

"When a name like Kaka or Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at a club a virtuous circle is created which is positive in both economic and sporting terms," he said. "We are hoping for the same effect this time around. I think it's time that Real Madrid was considered a model to follow and not something that needs combatting."


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