The European champion Manchester City player said in a press conference on the eve of the confrontation Spain with her hostess Georgia in Playoffs Euro 2024: “It’s complicated to do an analysis. It’s clear that European football loses in this case.”
The player, who excelled last season in Manchester City’s journey to a rare treble, admitted that Saudi club deals are “completely understandable due to the amounts spent.”
The defensive midfielder added, “We have to somehow control the drain of talent, because in the beginning it appeared as if the older players were the ones leaving, but now there are also the young ones, and all possible measures must be taken to control this situation.”
Manchester City lost its two Algerian stars, Riyad Mahrez, who moved to Al-Ahly, and Spanish defender Aymeric Laporte, who moved to Al-Nasr.
The four major clubs included bright names, such as Brazilian Neymar (Al-Hilal), Frenchman Karim Benzema (Al-Ittihad), and Senegalese Sadio Mane (Al-Nasr), after the arrival of Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo to Al-Nassr in January.