Already in December 2022, the majority shareholder of ŁKS Łódź, Tomasz Salski, informed that Philip Platek had bought part of the shares. to continue talks on the takeover of ŁKS. An American of Polish descent intends to become its majority shareholder.
What will ŁKS look like when Philip Platek becomes the owner?
Philip Platek recently gave an interview to the portal, where he talked about plans for ŁKS. He also informed that there are only a few weeks to confirm the purchase. The decision to take over the Łódź team was influenced by its origin, but not only.
– I think this is a good opportunity. ŁKS has a new stadium, training facilities and is developing the club’s academy. They have a good relationship with the city, there is a large fan base. The city of Łódź is also developing, there is everything you need. In addition, it is well, centrally located. Of course, the last few years have been difficult for the club, but I think the worst is behind them, that a lot of things have already been cleared there.
“Of course, the goal is to return to the Premier League. The team is now in first place in the table, with a good chance of promotion. The goal would be to stay in the Ekstraklasa, consolidate its position in it and continue to build solid foundations. Step by step, he added.
The 60-year-old assured that prudence is the most important thing in building a strong team. He does not intend to make huge transfers right away, but gradually strengthens the team. And this despite the fact that he could invest tens of millions of zlotys to start. His fortune is valued at around $2 billion.
“The word I like best, which reflects my family’s philosophy of investing in football, is ‘responsibility’. When running a club, I want to be responsible, not emotional. Because if you’re too emotional in your actions, it’s easier to make costly mistakes. You can’t grow too fast, he said.
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Philip Platek is the chairman of Spezia Calcio, while his brother Robert remains the owner of the Serie A club. The family has historically invested in Danish Sonderjyske and Portuguese Casa Pia. The Italian press reports that Robert is responsible for the club’s finances, while Philip is mainly involved in sporting matters and willingly gets involved in the club’s everyday life.
ŁKS Łódź will start the spring round with a match against GKS Tychy. The meeting is scheduled for February 12. The team is currently the leader of the first league with 37 points on account after 18 rounds. It has three points advantage over the second Puszcza Niepołomice.
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