A Malaysian prince has sparked speculation about his desire to buy Spanish football club Valencia, after he spoke about his ambitions in public. </p><div> <p>Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, crown prince of the oil-rich state of Johor, said Valencia needed someone who was "thirsty for success", adding that he was driven by "history making".
Valencia is currently owned by billionaire businessman Peter Lim of Singapore, the neighboring island of the Southern Prince State across the Straits of Johor.
“I’m not a businessman. I’m a prince,” said Tunku Ismail, 36, via the stories feature on his Instagram account.
“I am not someone who will change your club’s logo or its traditions. What does Valencia want? You need someone who knows football, thirsts for success, is passionate and understands how important Valencia is as a club.”
Tunku Ismail owns the Malaysian club Johor Dar Al Azazem, which won its seventh title in a row last season in the local league, and the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium, which can accommodate 40,000 spectators, was opened.
Lim’s company, Meriton Holdings, bought Valencia for 420 million euros in 2014, including 200 million euros to pay off the club’s debts.
However, the management’s relationship with the fans soured after poor results on the field, leaving the door open to changes behind the scenes.
Valencia, who won the League title twice at the beginning of the third millennium, specifically in 2002 and 2004, and the European Cup title (now Europa League) in 2004, in addition to reaching the European Champions League final in 2000 and 2001, is currently in the fourteenth place in the Spanish League, five kilometers away. Only points from the drop zone.
The club was valued at 408 million euros in a report issued by the Dutch auditing and consulting firm KPMG last year.
Lim’s representatives referred to Valencia a request for comment about the prince’s statement, but the club did not immediately respond. Agence France-Presse is also trying to contact representatives of Tunku Ismail.