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Celta Vigo president says club will leave the city over stadium row

The president of the club says that he has already negotiated a deal that will take them out of the city as he will build a new stadium and training facility.
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Carlos Mouriño, presidente del Celta, conversa con Abel Caballero, alcal de Vigo, en el palco de Balaídos.

Celta Vigo president Carlos Mouriño says the club are ready to cut ties with the Vigo's City Council and leave in order to build their own stadium. Mouriño, the club's largest shareholder, took to YouTube, via the club's social media account to break the news and said that there will be  "no more complicit silence" on the issues that the club have been having with the cit of Vigo. "You will not be the one to tell me how to run the club. Why this desire to not let the club grow? We are not leaving, we are being pushed out and there is no return."

"This project is stuttering and it has no future," declared Mouriño, who says he is willing to build a new stadium and training facility outside the city limits. The president criticised the city's Mayor for offering a 50 year license instead of selling the club the stadium. "The proposal, once again, avoids the issue."

Fan's experience made worse

The issues stems from work, which was needed on the stadium at Balaídos when €6 million was required to fix it but only €4 million were spent by the council. "The situation for the fans was made worse and we offered to buy the stadium so that the people of Vigo would not have to pay."

The Celta Vigo owner already figures that the city will not go ahead with the necessary works at the stadim. He says he has already negotiated with a deal outside of the city, "It would be €50 million for the stadium and €20 million for the training facility."

A Real Madrid - Celta Vigo game was cancelled in February when a storm battered the northwest of Spain and left the stadium with serious damage to the point that the city council could not ensure the safety of fans and players. There was a criticism at the time over the state of the stadium that should have been able to take the bad weather.


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