Sanz considers returning as Real Madrid president

May 10, 2006

MADRID, May 10 (Reuters) - Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz is considering standing in the club's presidential election which is due to be held after the end of the Primera Liga season.

'I am looking to see how much support I have, that will determine whether I stand or not,' Sanz said in sports daily AS on Wednesday.

'I will ask the members if they want to continue with the club model that has been such a failure, or whether they want a change of direction.'

Real have not won a major trophy for the last three seasons, their worst run in more than 50 years.

Under Sanz Real won two European Cups in three years so it was a great surprise when he lost the 2000 election, after the second of those victories, to Florentino Perez.

Sanz stood against Perez's re-election in 2004 and suffered a crushing defeat. Perez quit at the end of February to be replaced by Fernando Martin, who was in turn ousted by the board in favour of elections last month.

Sanz added: 'Martin was kicked out because he didn't do what Florentino wanted. I don't think Florentino will stand again, but I have heard that he would get involved if he thought I was ahead in the polls.

'Perhaps he is worried that I might lift the lid on what has been happening.'

Other candidates expected to stand in the election include double world rally champion Carlos Sainz, defeated 2004 candidate Arturo Baldasano and dissident director Ramon Calderon.

The result of the election is expected to be known at the beginning of July.