La Liga’s Tebas ‘very happy’ with Premier League link

MACAU (AFP) – La Liga President Javier Tebas told AFP he was flattered to be linked with the English Premier League’s Chief Executive position as speculation swirls over the role.

Tebas, Spanish league chief since 2013, said he was “very happy” after reports named him as a possible successor to Richard Scudamore, who announced his departure last year.

“I’m very happy that a competition like the Premier League thinks of me to be their CEO,” Tebas said.

When asked if he intended to quit La Liga for England, the 56-year-old said: “No comment.”

The Premier League is still searching for its next chief executive after Scudamore’s announced successor, TV executive Susanna Dinnage, rejected the appointment in December.

The Premier League grew to become a global phenomenon under Scudamore, generating a record GBP5.5 billion in the 2016/17 season, according to analysts Deloitte – 86 per cent more than La Liga.