Published On: Sat, Feb 8th, 2014

Inter president Thohir not selling DC United

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Erick ThohirInter president Erick Thohir has confirmed that he won’t be selling his share in DC United despite reports claiming otherwise.

The 43-year-old was expected to sell his share in the MLS club as a way to help pay off the Nerazzurri’s debt of €200 million, but he insists that his ownership of DC United plays an important part in his sports investment plans.

Thohir spoke to reporters in Indonesia on Friday about the rumours and conceded that he’s fully dedicated to both Inter and the American team.

“I want to clarify that both Inter and DC United are part of my football ‘portfolio’,” said the Biscione chief.

“These resources are both an integral part of my investment in the sports world overseas and I am aiming to grow the brands of both the clubs.

“I deny then, without misunderstanding, the rumours in the media about the possible sale of DC United.

“My commitment and my dedication is to both clubs and is concentrated on producing results for both, on and off the field.”

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  1. Ryan Grims says:

    I’m honestly not sure what to expect this year from DC. I’ve loved this club for years but I’m constantly concerned about the ownership. I don’t fully believe they have the best interest of the club or it’s supporters at heart. The deal with Inter feels forced by financial motives and not for footballing reasons. We still dont have a stadium and working with the city seems to be going nowhere, especially when public opinion doesn’t want public funds used to build. Even the location and land development plans haven’t been finalized as deadlines continue to be missed without penalty. This club deserves our support but the ownership group as of right now doesn’t.

    I do like most of the off season moves we’ve made though. Olsen has a great eye for talent and his mixture of vets, youth and big(ish) names (Johnson) seems like a great start. It will take time for them all to gel but the talent is there in in says it wasn’t last year. The team also trimmed the fat and moved on from players that weren’t fitting or weren’t giving their all to the system Olsen wanted to put in place.

    A mid table finish this year is doable. Anything more would be fantastic but I do not have my hopes up for long term success. Teams like Kansas City, Portland, Salt Lake, Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Houston, Philadelphia and LA all have it figured out and most of those teams are in small markets. What’s stopping DC is simple, being in DC with the ownership group that has bigger more important fish to fry over seas and in other domestic markets.

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