Marc Madiot: “May Mendes stay in Portugal with his footballers”

In recent days, information has caused a stir in the world of cycling: Jorge Mendes, sulphurous agent in football, which deals in particular with Cristiano Ronaldo or Jose Mourinho, signed a partnership agreement with the Corso Sports agency to manage the interests of Joao Almeida (22 ans, Deceuninck-Quick Step) et Ruben Warrior (26 ans, EF Education-Nippo). An arrival that does not please some Marc Madiot. The boss of the Groupama-FDJ expressed his displeasure this weekend.

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“I don’t want to go into the football system”

I don’t want to go into the football system. What is the agent system in football? It’s having a portfolio of players and getting them to move as often as possible to go to the cash drawer as often as possible. We are building speculation in a financial bubble. Where is football today with the financial bubble, with everything going on right now, the Covid? What is going on there? They are on the brink! And there, we want to let people like Mendes enter the bike? I don’t want Mendes on the bike. He stays in Portugal with his footballers, but he does not come to us“, Explain Marc Madiot in the Big Mouths of Sport sure RMC.

“There may be other ideas in the background”

According to the former winner of Paris-Roubaix, the Portuguese does not arrive with good intentions in the world of cycling. “He is not going to win in the bicycle what he wins in football. There may be other ideas in the background that are not good. I think at some point they want to take ownership of the general cycling system. And there it is even more dangerous“, concludes the boss of Groupama-FDJ.


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