The Malaysian royalty has set their sights on Valencia . Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, prince of Johor, will join Valencia CF in the near future as a capitalist partner after closing an agreement in Singapore with the main shareholder of the Mestalla club, Peter Lim . Tunku Ismail will buy a significant package of shares of the Mestalla club, although Lim will keep 51 percent that allows him to maintain control of the entity, according to the regional television À Punt.
The prince of Johor, a personal friend of Peter Lim, He will also dedicate himself to managing the sports field of the entity as general director and it is not ruled out that, in the short term, he will even relieve Anil Murthy in the presidency, very worn out by the negative economic and sports management of the last two years. Murthy, who held a negative meeting on Tuesday with the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, about the new stadium, was elusive when asked about the prince's entry into the club. “You have to ask him. I am not an expert on social networks or on Instagram, "said the leader, who admitted, however, that he knew him" very well. "
The entry of the Malaysian royalty into Valencia could not have been more timely, since the club , urged by the Generalitat, has to find financing to start the works of the new stadium on Avenida de Cortes Valencianas before May 15, as established by the deadlines that were set in its day in the ATE (Strategic Territorial Action Valencia Dinamiza ) .
The irruption of the prince in Valencia transcended on social networks on Monday afternoon. Tunku Ismail himself aired it on his Instagram profile, where he publishes all his luxuries and eccentricities. First, he posted a series of posts in which it was interpreted that he simply valued his friend Lim's club to warn future buyers; then he issued another one with a shield on a black background in which it could be read: “June. Another level ”, which was already anticipating his arrival at the club. Around midnight, after deleting a couple of photos, he openly applied to run the club by posting a striking letter.
“I am not a businessman, I am a prince. I am not moved by money, I am moved by glory and make history. It is no secret that I love football, I am passionate, "began the prince, who recalled that he is the owner of the Malaysian league champion, Johor Darul Takzim FC:" I am not new to football. I made a club (JDT FC) go from fighting every year to avoid relegation to being an established champion. We have won 16 titles in eight years. We are the largest club in Southeast Asia and one of the largest in Asia. ”
“ I want to expand my empire, spread my wings and advance in new challenges, ”advanced Tunku Ismail, who sent a message intended to reassure fans from Valencia. “Last but not least, I am not changing your shield or tradition. As I said at the beginning, I am royalty, not a businessman. I'm here for the glory, the success and the history. ”
He finished his surprising text by expressing himself as if he were already part of the institution. "What does Valencia need? You need someone who knows football, is hungry for success, is passionate and understands how great Valencia is as a club. First step, we need soccer people in the club. Period. ”
Son of Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, Tunku Ismail, 36, married with three children, is the Crown Prince of Johor, one of the thirteen states that make up Malaysia. According to Forbes, the family fortune is valued at 750 million euros. A fan of luxury cars, football, and polo, Tunku Ismail prides himself on being a friend of Messi and Cristiano.
Owner of Johor Darul Takzim FC, who plays in the Malaya Super League, he is also president of the Malaysian Football Federation and Major General of the Royal Johor Military Force. In 2020, work was completed on the Sultan Ibrahim Larkin stadium, with a capacity for 40,000 spectators and a cost of 200 million euros. Valencia and his club have had a sports agreement for grassroots football for several years.