La Liga boss Javier Tebas knows that the Dutch top clubs are struggling to keep their key players due to the large financial differences with the top leagues. The Spanish director sees ‘third party ownership’ as a solution for Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord and AZ.
“Yes. Because what is the situation: fifteen to twenty years ago, a good Dutch footballer left the Eredivisie when he was 23 or 24. Now they leave at 19 years old,” Tebas tells Algemeen Dagblad.
Third party ownership has been banned by FIFA since 2015, but that will change if it is up to the La Liga president. “Third party ownership, external parties who co-invest in players, has been tried before, but a lack of regulation caused chaos. Rightly so that it was banned then. But now the football world is financially more regulated, more structured. There are now really investment funds with a good organization.”
“It gives Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV and AZ opportunities to keep their young players longer,” Tebas continues. “Ajax could now sell 30 percent of the transfer rights of a player that they will actually sell in five years. tie.”