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Real Madrid President Florentino Perez Tests Negative for Coronavirus, But Won't Travel for Champions League Clash

Feb 23, 2021, 11:55 AM GMT+5:30
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has tested negative for coronavirus
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has tested negative for coronavirus | Samuel de Roman/Getty Images

Real Madrid have officially announced that club president Florentino Perez has tested negative for coronavirus, but will not be a part of the first team's trip to Atalanta in the Champions League this week. The 73-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 on February 2, and spent two weeks in isolation, but was asymptomatic at the time.

"Real Madrid CF informs that our president Florentino Perez has returned negative Covid-19 results in the two PCR tests he has taken in the past 48 hours," the club said in a statement. Florentino Perez will not travel to Bergamo for the Champions League tie against Atalanta, but will be at Real Madrid City tomorrow to see all members of our first team off ahead of their trip to Italy."

Perez took over as Real Madrid chief in 2000 and oversaw the signing of a number of top players, including Ronaldo Nazario, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, and Michael Owen. He returned to Real in 2009 and ushered in a second era of high profile signings including Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo, and saw Los Blancos win three LaLiga titles and four Champions League crowns.

Zidane's side travel to Bergamo for their clash with Atalanta, with Karim Benzema missing out after picking up an ankle injury. “We are not going to take risks with Benzema because the season is long,” Zidane said. “If he is fine, he will be with us. If not, he won’t. We are not going to take risks. We never take risks.

“If it was the Champions League final, that is different and we could [take a risk]. If it’s the final game of the Liga season, maybe. But there are many games to play, so we won’t take risks. He will have a scan tomorrow and we will see.”