Ribó, ready to renegotiate the ATE if he sees "a gesture" from Valencia

The mayor of the city admits that he is concerned about the club because of its internal problems and the urban situation.


The mayor of València, Joan Ribó, assured that the City Council would be "willing" to renegotiate the terms of the Strategic Territorial Action (ATE) signed with Valencia CF if it saw "a gesture" from the entity to advance in the construction of the new stadium and said that he would like the club to "be one of the Valencians" .

In an interview with EFE, Ribó regretted the silence of the Valencian entity to its warnings in recent weeks that the ATE term ends and that the club "must fulfill" its urban planning commitments with the city, as well as build the new stadium and tear down the old Mestalla. "I have not had an answer. We are concerned about Valencia, not only because of its internal problems, which are perceptible, but also with regard to the urban situation," he said. He insisted that the leaders of the club "must be seriously told that the time of the ATE is running out and that the commitments must be fulfilled" .

The mayor recalled that "in 2025 the deadline to finalize" the two projects ends and that Valencia CF has "a commitment to the neighborhood - in which the new stadium is located - to build sports facilities". "I would like to see a gesture from Valencia CF that indicates that it wants to advance in the fulfillment of its obligations, such as requesting the activity license to finish the stadium or any other. We do not like this silence and we are concerned," he said.

Joan Ribó pointed out that "they have always" been "very respectful of the dynamics itself" of a club that is "fundamental to the city" and stressed that if they saw "a serious will" on the part of Valencia CF, they would study "all the possibilities". "The ATE is a regional issue, but if we see a positive attitude of wanting to advance in the fulfillment of its obligations, we will be as flexible as we can," he insisted.

The neighborhood of Benicalap, where the new stadium is located, whose works began in 2007 and have been paralyzed since 2009, is "suffering a lot due to the lack of infrastructure and compliance with these agreements," said Ribó, who declared that "there is a commitment to build a sports area and it has to be fulfilled ".

The current economic situation of the club, whose main shareholder is the Singaporean businessman, Peter Lim, has even raised fears of a disappearance of the entity, although Ribó has "the confidence that the Valencia fans, who are broad, enthusiastic and sometimes , very 'patidora' (suffering), will be able to look for solutions ". "If such a cataclysm were to occur, those who must first seek solutions are the fans themselves and the elements of the club," he said. He also recalled that the City Council "is always willing to help to the extent of its possibilities so that the city's clubs can develop their activity" .

The mayor believes that "football clubs should always be his hobby, although this may have different variants" and stated that the current model of Valencia and other clubs in Spain and Europe, "does not" "like" him. "I think it is a model that generates conflict, tensions and a certain distancing of sectors of the fans," he explained before concluding: "I would like Valencia to be a Valencian team and I hope that one day it can be again."

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