Real Madrid President Pérez Reveals Training Ground Expansion Plans
Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez presented the new projects for the enlargement of the club's training ground in the urban development of Valdebebas in Madrid, on Monday, according to José Félix Díaz of ELCONFIDENCIAL.com. The announcement at the Santiago Bernabéu was attended by Madrid Regional President Ignacio González, Madrid Mayor Ana Botella, and a number of players from both the football and basketball teams. Botella "took advantage of the opportunity" to reveal that if the 2020 Olympic Games are awarded to Madrid, the city would use Valdebebas to host the rugby and field hockey events (ELCONFIDENCIAL.com, 11/5). AS reported that the project would be finished by the spring. Pérez said, "The project is a culmination of a promise and will be an authentic site for our young players... With this project the club grows, its support for the young players grows as does its heritage" (AS, 11/5). L'EQUIPE reported that the project includes a residency for young players with 56 double rooms and another residency for the first team with 60 individual rooms and a cafeteria." Pérez said, "It is the first time in 110 years of existence that Real Madrid will have a residency reserved for players formed at the club" (L'EQUIPE, 11/5).