Real Madrids players take 10% pay cut

Real Madrid's Toni Kroos wants players to 'do the right thing' with salaries

Following in the footsteps of their fierce rivals FC Barcelona, Real Madrid have announced that players and coaches have agreed to take pay cuts while the season remains suspended.

Real Madrid's players, coaches and some directors from the club agreed to reduce their salaries amid the negative financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

But if the season can not be completed the reduction in wages will be 20 per cent.

Los Blancos didn't rush into making any decisions over the economic measures they'd take, with talks over pay cuts first starting last Friday. La Liga, as with most football around the world, is now suspended and it is not known when, or even if, the season will re-start.

The players at Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have also taken pay cuts and La Liga has asked other clubs to follow suit.

The sacrifice of 10% to 20% will help avoid "traumatic measures" for the rest of the club's non-footballing staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Waiving salary is like a donation in vain, or to the club", the Real Madrid midfielder told the SWR Sport podcast. "I think it's even better to get the full salary and then do the right thing with it".

After he struggled to make much progression over the weekend, the talks continued on Monday and the club agreed that pay cuts had to be introduced.

"It all depends how long everything will stand still".

It was explained they weren't the only club interested, with Borussia Dortmund and Lyon also said to be in the hunt for the player, who's considered one of the jewels of the Spanish club. "If, for example, the game returns in May, I'm sure solutions will be found". I don't think it's necessary here; what I do with the money I get is a different issue. "But if you say no football until the winter, I can imagine a couple of clubs will be no more and that would automatically drastically change football".



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