Disneyland on Perez's mind
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is considering the creation of a Disneyland-style theme park dedicated to the Spanish giants, according to press reports here on Friday.
The park, which Perez hopes will attract up to three million visitors a year, would be situated near the club's training grounds at Valdebebas, north-east of the capital, sports daily AS reported.
The cost of undertaking such a project is estimated at 150 million euros (214 million dollars) with Real having already spent 100 million euros on their new Valdebebas training centre where they plan to construct a new basketball centre.
Perez is reported to have contacted city officials in Beijing and Miami to propose local offshots of the theme park devoted to Real Madrid, which could prove popular with the club's fans in China and the United States.
The Madrid club, whose estimated budget this year is expected to top 415 million euros, have already splashed out 250 million euros on new players. They sold their former training ground near the city centre in 2001 for nearly 500 million euros.