Bilic predicts how football finances will change after coronavirus

Player swaps like in the NBA, ‘crazy high’ agent commissions cut but stars like Lionel Messi WON’T lose their value… West Brom boss Slaven Bilic predicts how football finances will change after coronavirus crisis

  • Slaven Bilic says top players in world football will not lose value after pandemic
  • West Brom boss says there will be ‘more loans’ and smaller ‘agent commissions’ 
  • The Croatian believes players should agree to finish season with current clubs
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic has predicted there will be widespread change to football finances after the coronavirus crisis.

The outbreak of the virus brought the football season to a halt last month, and the EFL have enforced a manadatory period of annual leave for all players, with clubs told not to host training until May 16 at the earliest.

Bilic has confirmed his stars are being kept ‘fit-ish’ by home workout programmes and insists the Baggies will be ready to return to action if given ‘between ten days and three weeks of notice’. 

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic says football finances will change dramatically after coronavirus

However, the Croatian thinks the effects of the pandemic will be far-reaching even if remaining fixtures are fulfilled.

‘It’s not just in football,’ Bilic told The Sun in an interview with Danny Higginbotham.

‘Just like I don’t think the value of Ferraris or Mayfair apartments will drop, there will be enough clubs to buy the crème de la crème.

Bilib believes world football’s elite players like Lionel Messi will not ‘lose their value’

‘Mbappe, Messi, Ronaldo — they will never lose their value. But the “normal” players will suffer.

‘I think there are going to be a lot of loans, or swaps like in the NBA. I also think that some of the crazy high commissions for agents will go.

The 2019-20 season has been suspended indefinitely – despite provisional dates for clubs to return to training – and Bilic has urged players to remain loyal to their clubs, even if the campaign extends beyond the expiry of their contracts.

Bilic has urged stars to complete the season with current clubs, even if contracts have expired

‘The only way to finish this season in an honest and legal way is to allow the clubs to keep their players. You’re right, the players would be risking a bit, but for me the clubs are the priority.

‘These clubs were there for them when they gave them the contracts. It’s not the time to think of individuality. You have to sacrifice for the sake of football because without clubs we wouldn’t be able to play.’

West Brom are in the automatic promotion places in the Championship with nine games remaining. The Baggies stand second in the table, six points ahead of third-placed Fulham. 

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