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A Malaysian prince has raised speculation about his desire to buy La Liga club Valencia, after he spoke about his ambitions in public.
Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, crown prince of the oil-rich Malaysian state of Johor, said Valencia needed someone who was “thirsty for success”, adding that he was driven by “history making.”
“I am not a businessman. I am a prince,” added Tunku Ismail (36 years) through the “Alasturi” 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 Sultan Ibrahim Stadium, which can accommodate 40,000 spectators, was opened.
Valencia is currently owned by billionaire businessman Peter Lim of Singapore, and the company “Meriton Holdings”, headed by Lim, acquired the Spanish team 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 won the “LaLiga” title twice at the beginning of the third millennium, specifically in 2002 and 2004, and the European Union Cup (now Europa League) in 2004, in addition to reaching the Champions League final in 2000 and 2001, and is currently ranked 14th in the Spanish League, 5 km away. Only points from the drop zone.