|Job||President of Atletico Madrid|
|Club as Coach||Atletico Madrid [president]|
2015 10 03 Retrieve
[Atletico Madrid should be rewarded for their victory over Champions League title-holders Liverpool by being handed the trophy if it is not possible to conclude the tournament this season] In the hypothetical case that the Champions League was not played for the coronavirus, then the champion [should be] the one who beat the champion. There are still a few knockout games left, the quarter-finals, the semis and the final. We understand that UEFA tries to centralise all these matches in one city, there was talk of Spain, Portugal… nothing is known yet. There are 11 games left, plus the final phase of the Champions League, which can be four games. I imagine that the government is waiting to see how the pandemic evolves and will take the decision it considers
2019 05 24 Retrieve
[Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said it was up to Antoine Griezmann if he wanted the chance to bid farewell to the La Liga club] Griezmann, I do not know if he wants to say goodbye or not, the truth is that I do not know. The farewell depends on Griezmann, who is the one who leaves. If he wants to say goodbye, he will say goodbye.
[Cerezo feels there is no chance the France international stays at the Wanda Metropolitano after his announcement earlier this month] It is irreversible. The only thing I tell him is that he has a lot of luck where he goes. And, that at least they treat him as we have treated him here
2019 06 07 Retrieve
[Antoine Griezmann’s mooted move to Barcelona remains in doubt after Atletico Madrid’s president] Griezmann has been with for five years and done a splendid job. We have a good relationship. Nice, trustworthy. I hope wherever he goes he will be treated the same as he has been with us. I don’t know where he’s going, he didn’t say. I don’t have the slightest idea where he will go. I don’t think anyone knows.
[Asked whether Barca have initiated discussions] No one from Barca has contacted me
2019 06 07b Retrieve
[Diego Simeone has been urged to become the Alex Ferguson of Atletico Madrid] Cholo sets the standard here and he has given this club so much stability, he has always considered himself a member of this family and has always felt comfortable. It will be many more years before he leaves here. I hope that Simeone can be the Ferguson of Atletico Madrid.
[Speculation has also suggested that Diego Costa could be moved on] He has not had a great season but I hope he will continue with us
2019 06 09 Retrieve
[Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said on Friday that Barcelona had not made contact with him over Antoine Griezmann’s move] I don’t know where he’s going, he didn’t say. I don’t have the slightest idea where he will go. I don’t think anyone knows.
2019 06 09b Retrieve
[Enrique Cerezo reveals he is yet to hear from Barca regarding any potential move for Griezmann] I don’t know where he’s going, he didn’t say. don’t have the slightest idea where he will go. I don’t think anyone knows. No one from Barca has contacted me.
2019 07 13 Retrieve
[Enrique Cerezo claimed Atletico Madrid have evidence Barcelona had agreed to terms with Antoine Griezmann before his release clause dropped to €120 million] If the club have made this statement it’s because there’s evidence. We have to study it and we’ll demand the amount we consider to be necessary
[Cerezo also hit out at Griezmann, who confirmed in May he would be leaving Atletico] I’m disappointed by his attitude. He wanted to leave, but he didn’t tell us until the last minute
2019 07 14 Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu says Atletico Madrid have no proof to back up their claims Barcelona had an agreement in place with Antoine Griezmann as early as March] I have spoken to them, but I do not think there is any proof, because there is no evidence of anything. I understand everyone defends their interests and I’ve spoken to Enrique Cerezo [Atletico president], but I don’t see that the case can evolve in a positive way for them. There’s nothing. We contacted Griezmann after he made the video saying goodbye to the fans, there was nothing in March
2019 07 14b Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu says Atletico Madrid have no proof to back up their claims Barcelona had an agreement in place with Antoine Griezmann as early as March. Cerezo, however, has claimed that Atletico do have evidence of wrongdoing] If the club have made this statement it’s because there’s evidence. We have to study it and we’ll demand the amount we consider to be necessary
2019 07 17 Retrieve
[Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo denied James Rodriguez is poised to join the La Liga side] Atletico are interested in great players and James is a great player, but from that to he’s going to come, there’s some distance. Negotiations? Not that I know of, no.
[Diego Simeone’s transfer business is far from over, however, with Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier and Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso reportedly close to moving to the Spanish capital] We’ve had a few signings and are in negotiations for a few more. Negotiations can end well or badly, but there are negotiations. Everything’s going well, the team is training well, blending in well and very happy at Los Angeles de San Rafael. Now we’re waiting for next season with a month left to go.
2019 07 25 Retrieve
[James Rodriguez is fair game for Atletico Madrid, says club president Enrique Cerezo, with there no pact with neighbours Real Madrid that would be broken if an approach is made] There has always been a harmonious relationship with Real Madrid and with all the teams in Spain. When we are interested in a player, whoever it may be, we talk, check and in the end we have managed to get them to come to our team, but it doesn’t mean that any pact or good harmony with Real Madrid or with Sevilla or Cordoba has been broken. It’s life; if we are interested in a player because we consider him to be good, we go and ask about him. If he plays for one team or another it is something that we don’t care about. If it is decided that the player comes to play with us, then even better
[Pressed further on reported interest in James and the likelihood of a deal being done] Right now, I don’t know. James Rodriguez is a good player and Atletico are always interested in good players, but I can’t tell you if he’s coming because I don’t know
[Atletico were able to fend off rival interest from Premier League champions Manchester City to land Felix, with Cerezo considering that to be a positive sign for the Liga giants] It shows that the work done in recent years has been very good. When players want to come here, when they can play wherever they want, I think it is important for the club and for the fans
2018 07 19 Retrieve
[No offers for Oblak as Alisson leads summer scramble for top goalkeepers] Nobody has approached us for him. We have his situation under control and we are confident he will form an important part of our team for many years to come.
New signings? We will unveil Rodri on Thursday then Lemar on Friday, and we are working on more deals. We are receptive to possible deals and strengthening our squad
2020 02 01 Retrieve
[Atletico’s president Enrique Cerezo has criticised Edinson Cavani for his failed move to the club amid reports his brother demanded a sizeable bonus] Someday I will tell why Cavani did not come and they will prove me right. I don’t want to point anyone out, but I think it’s a shame about the situation of some players with their relatives and their representatives. It’s outrageous. We’re not here to be robbed or do anything strange
2020 02 05 Retrieve
[The switch collapsed at the last minute, however, after Cavani’s brother and agent Walter Fernando allegedly wanted Atletico to pay an additional £15m] I don’t want to point anyone out, but I think it’s a shame about the situation of some players with their relatives and their representatives. It’s outrageous. We’re not here to be robbed or do anything strange
2020 02 20 Retrieve
[Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has played down the potential impact of the Anfield atmosphere] He who strikes first strikes hardest. To see our fans so committed to the team was amazing. It was absolutely spectacular. Anfield is a great stadium but it’s old. It probably wouldn’t pass the UEFA inspection if it had to do it
[Reflecting on the game, Cerezo felt the Rojiblancos had hit back at critics] I always sleep well. There are days when you taste glory and others when you don’t. According to the media, a week ago we were dead and buried and now we are very much alive. They [Liverpool] had gone 30 games unbeaten and people were saying they are the best team in the world. We are happy with the result but we still have another game to go. But we have rediscovered ourselves and that is the best news
[Cerezo also stressed that Diego Simeone will remain as coach for the long term] We have an excellent coach who will be with us for a long time. And we also have an excellent team
2020 04 10 Retrieve
[Rojiblancos president Enrique Cerezo hit out at certain members of Cavani’s family after seeing a January deal break down] I don’t want to point anyone out, but I think it’s a shame about the situation of some players with their relatives and their representatives. It’s outrageous. We’re not here to be robbed or do anything strange
2020 06 08 Retrieve
[Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo believes his very special team can win the Champions League without fans] In the league we are in a difficult situation and in Champions we are very good. A few games away from reaching a final, which is where we like to be. He [head coach Simeone] is calm and has confidence in what he does and will direct us to get into the top four
[Looking ahead to 2020-21] There is a possibility that nobody will be signed, but we will have to wait for what happens in the season. The transfers will be very difficult for everyone
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[When asked about the prospect of letting their bitter rivals use their home venue] Would we rent them the Wanda Metropolitano? I’m going to take my mask off to answer you. Let no one doubt that we will be at Real Madrid’s disposal