Mr Vasilyev, what's your verdict on the transfer window that's just closed?
It was a difficult window, as we had to adapt to some special circumstances. We've chosen to develop a different kind of project. We're focusing on the long term, with a quality team built on a mixture of talented young players, some of them French U21 internationals, alongside experienced pros like Toulalan, Berbatov and Moutinho. We believe in this team, because all these players have tremendous talent. And in Leonardo Jardim, we have the right coach to lead the project. He has experience and knows how to bring through young players, as he showed at Sporting Lisbon.
How would you describe the project?
We genuinely believe it's possible to develop a strategy with a coherent model, without spending large amounts of money every summer. Although we are still the seconde highest-spending club in France this summer behind PSG, with the signings of Abdennour, Bakayoko and Nardi. The club has a present and a future to build. We simply need to adapt to the circumstances, in order to be competitive without the kind of massive investment that would put us in breach of the current rules. Given the financial fair play requirements, the dispute with the LFP and the difficulty in developing resources quickly, we were keen not to open ourselves up to the risk of penalties.
What do you have to say about Falcao's departure?
Obviously, Falcao was very important for launching the project. But as soon as the player made it clear he wanted to leave, it would have been nonsensical to keep him.
What do you think about the quality of the team this season?
Although we've gotten off to a bad start, I'm convinced the team has bags of ability and will get back to winning ways. We've always said that bringing through young talent is in AS Monaco's DNA, and now we want to give these youngsters the opportunity to develop. I'll say it again, our team has players with great ability. All we need to do now is get the results to prove it.
Is AS Monaco still an ambitious club?
Of course! Ambition isn't just about your transfer budget. You have to remember where the club has come from. When the President took over it was in Ligue 2. Today, we're in the Champions League with a team full of internationals. Fourteen players have been called up by their countries this week. We're working to develop the club at every level. In terms of the Academy, which has been restructured, in the sporting department, and also with the creation of a modern training centre, a new store and a whole commercial and marketing plan. We have a team that's capable of being the top side in France and doing well in Europe. We'll work hard to live up to expectations.