New Real Madrid president Vicente Boluda has lavished praise on in-form winger Arjen Robben, claiming he would not even swap the Dutchman for Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.
Messi, who recently finished runner-up to Cristiano Ronaldo in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards, is enjoying an impressive campaign at Barca but Boluda, who took over as interim Madrid president following last week’s resignation of Ramon Calderon, admits he prefers Robben to the Argentinian.
“Robben is the more entertaining and I would not change him for Messi. He is the more electric player,” Boluda told Cadena SER.
Boluda also admits he is a big fan of Madrid coach Juande Ramos, who has won five of his six competitive matches since replacing Bernd Schuster in December.
“I think Juande is a great coach and that he is going to continue at Madrid next year because, moreover, he has a clause which says if he wins any title he will continue,” added Boluda.
Boluda also confirmed Real Madrid will appeal against Uefa’s recent ruling that only one of Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Lassana Diarra can represent the club in this season’s Champions League.
UEFA’s appeals body said last week the Spanish club’s bid to register the pair, who have already competed in UEFA competition this season with their previous clubs, had been rejected.
UEFA’s appeals body said last week the Spanish club’s bid to register the pair, who have already played in UEFA competition this season for their previous clubs, had been rejected.
Asked if Real would appeal the UEFA ruling at CAS, Real President Vicente Boluda said: “Yes. Because the club members will demand of us that we do everything possible for Madrid to the end.”