Stefan De Vrij’s Lawyer: “Ready To Talk About Inter Contract Extension But Now Focused On Finishing The Season”

Stefan De Vrij’s Lawyer: “Ready To Talk About Inter Contract Extension But Now Focused On Finishing The Season”
April 13, 2022 16:30
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Inter defender Stefan de Vrij and his agent Mino Raiola are ready to talk about a possible contract extension, but right now the player’s focus is on finishing the season in the best way.

This according to the Dutchman’s lawyer Sebastien Ledure, who spoke about the Dutchman’s situation to FCInterNews, and also detailed the 30-year-old’s case against former agency Sports Entertainment Group.

De Vrij recently won a court case against his former agency SEG regarding his transfer to Inter from Lazio during the summer of 2018.

SEG plan to appeal the ruling, but as it stands it remains an important legal victory for the 30-year-old, who successfully argued that he lost out on income in the process of his free transfer to Inter.

As Ledure explained, “The problem is that agents, having established relationships with clubs over the years, are often more brokers than representatives.”

“They work for multiple clients and not just for the player,” he said, noting “The large commissions that end up in the pockets of the agents, without a euro being turned over to the player, who most likely knows nothing of what happened.”

Ledure also explained that, while Mino Raiola is not officially the agent of de Vrij, the Dutch agent is in charge of handling the potential contract extension of the player at the Nerazzurri.

“Nothing is signed, but yes, he’s the person in charge of handling Stefan’s renewal with Inter,” he said. “They will talk about it soon, we will eventually intervene to verify all the footnotes included in the new agreement.”

“But at the moment the player wants to end the season in the best possible way does not think about issues of this kind, precisely because of everything that has just happened,” he went on.

“He just came out of a nightmare, now he wants to be able to decide on his future with complete freedom,” Ledure added.

“He really told me that he wants to win a second Scudetto with Inter and then he will think about what comes next,” he said.

Regarding SEG, Ledure said that “The agency had represented de Vrij since he was sixteen. But there was no official contract, despite the fact that they followed him though the Netherlands, brought him to Lazio, and later to Inter.”

“There was a close relationship, which even went beyond the professional,” he continued, “but Stefan was sure they worked for his interests.”

“In reality, a year after his transfer to Inter he asked why as a free agent he had not received any signing bonuses,” he went on.

“And he realized that SEG had not been transparent with him by reading a copy of the agency’s agreement with the Nerazzurri,” he explained.

Ledure continued that “They were legitimately working for Inter, but not for the player. Basically, there was an obvious conflict of interest.”

“The SEG had reached an agreement with Inter for a total commission of €9.5 million , plus additional add-ons, in favour of the agency, but de Vrij would not have received one euro,” he detailed.

“Stefan was confident in their work, but in that moment he realized that they had not pursued his interests,” he continued. “In fact, they had entered into a beneficial agreement which did not concern him at all.”

“Although there was no written agreement between de Vrij and SEG, there was an oral one,” Ledure explained. “And we presented a dossier containing a lot of evidence to show that Stefan was being followed by them.”

“So here we’ve demonstrated the conflict of interest,” he went on. “And the court, taking a historic decision, recognized an indemnity of €4.75 plus interest in favour of the player. So €5 million and €160,000.”

Regarding Inter’s role in the situation, he stated that “In a way, they too have been damaged. ”

“SEG was not transparent with Stefan, but also not with Inter,” he went on, “as they could not work for two clients at the same time. Maybe they would have saved some money.”

 

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