Guest of “Rothen ignites” on RMC this Monday, Prince Albert II of Monaco confides that the Principality does not plan to increase its games in the club. He validates the management of the current owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, while acknowledging that the project has changed.
Monaco will celebrate a special anniversary next December: the ten years since the arrival of Dmitry Rybolovlev, as the club’s main shareholder. The Russian businessman had taken advantage, in 2011, of the opening of the club’s capital by the Principality to acquire 66.67% of the shares. A decision that does not regret Prince Albert II, who still holds 33.33% of the parties through the Monegasque government. Always assiduous supporter but less present at the stadium, he maintains close relations with Rybolovlev. “We see each other regularly, he confides on Monday in” Rothen ignites “on RMC. He has a schedule that leads him to move away from Monaco but we have regular contact.”
The Prince makes the decision-making of the leaders, if he recognizes that the policy of the club has taken a new turn with valid trading established as a model. “It’s a project that is significantly different from what we had done in the past, it is the evolution of football but also the costs related to maintaining an elite team, he notes. t is very difficult, we have more than 30% (of shares, editor’s note), we manage to have a certain influence on certain things. But afterwards, we cannot intervene from day to day and I do not want to either. We always have to find compromises so that the management of a club like Monaco can be positive. I regret that we cannot keep certain players for several years. But this is, unfortunately, the evolution of professional football . “
He also does not regret having ceded parts of the Principality in the club, ten years earlier. “It would have been unreasonable (to keep them), he continues. It would have been extremely unreasonable for the Principality to maintain the shareholding as it was before.”
“There were mistakes made but the club is moving in the right direction”
Prince Albert II cannot imagine a greater return in the club’s capital in the short term. “This reflection has not come up until now, he continues. If it comes back, we will think about it. Given the budgets involved, it will be very difficult anyway.” In the meantime, he always ensures to carry “the word of the shareholders, of the small part that we have in the club” with the decision makers in place. “The leaders have always been very courteous, benevolent, he ends. They have always listened to what we had to say. It is a cordial understanding which, I hope, is constructive. That does not mean that there were no mistakes. The club is moving in the right direction. We also hope that there will be results at the end. “
For the future, Prince Albert II hopes that Louis Ducruet, his nephew, currently stationed at Notthingam Forest (for international recruitment) after having gone through the ASM recruitment unit, will have a role at the club. “Louis Ducruet is a boy who has a lot of qualities, he explains. He had an interesting place at ASM. It was a good idea that he made his experience elsewhere. Unfortunately, the Covid has arrived and he was not as present in England as he could have been. But he continues this adventure and this learning which will improve the old one for the future. I am sure that he will return to Monaco one day. “