MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS, Maxim Allanazarov, Yevgeny Ionov/. Winning the football championship of France is currently the priority for Monaco FC, although "it was a pleasant bonus" for the club to advance into the quarterfinals round of the UEFA Champions League, a senior official with the Monaco FC told TASS on Friday.
Following an aggregate score of 6-6 in two matches against Manchester City FC, Monaco FC advanced to the next quarterfinal stage of the prestigious European tournament as it scored more goals than its opponent during the away match.
"We are more than happy to advance into the quarterfinals of the (UEFA) Champions League," Vadim Vasilyev, a vice-president and the director general of Monaco FC, said in an interview with TASS. "However, our priority is to win the title of the French championship. The match in the Champions League is a pleasant bonus for us."
Monaco FC is currently in the top line of the French football championship following 29 rounds of the tournament leading by three points over its closest contender PSG (Paris Saint-Germain).
Commenting on the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals draw, which placed Monaco FC against Borussia Dortmund FC, Vasilyev said it was indeed a very interesting result.
"The draw procedure was exciting," Vasilyev said. "We will see two clubs playing offensive football. It seems to me that football fans will be delighted with such stand-off and it will be brilliant."
"Today, our club sees no limits, because on the one hand, we have players of the highest-possible level, and on the other - they are an authentic group of friends and a real team, which does what it likes to do and plays its favorite game," the club’s director general said.
Vasilyev also said that the club’s players received extra bonuses for taking over fame Manchester United FC and proceeding into the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.
"The players were undoubtedly paid extra bonuses for the victory over the ‘City,’" he said. "We are paying extra bonuses for clearing group stages and now for qualifying for the quarterfinals."
Vasilyev also denied all possible allegations concerning Monaco FC talks on the transfer of its players.
"Considering today’s economic situation we must not put on transfer sale our players," he said adding that the club would never object if one of its players would express a desire to leave playing for another club.
"In future, we will be dealing with each transfer case independently," Vasilyev said. "This issue will be considered after the end of the current season, but I can say for sure now, that despite numerous telephone calls, which the club keeps receiving, Monaco is not in talks on players’ transfers."