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Malaysian prince expresses interest in buying Valencia

Valencia fans have been hoping for a new owner for some time. Photo by Allsport Co./Getty Images

Prince of Malaysian state Johor Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim has expressed interest in purchasing Spanish club Valencia from Singapore businessman Peter Lim.

The 36-year-old posted a series of stories on Instagram that included screenshots of articles about Valencia and a page that places the club’s value at €408 million followed by a statement about why he is interested in purchasing the club.

Owner of Malaysia Super League club JDTFC, Prince Johor said that money doesn’t motivate him but “glory and creating history” does.

“I’m not new in football,” he said.

“I’ve created a Club [JDTFC] from every year fighting relegation to a dominating champion. I’ve won 16 titles in eight years. We are the biggest in South east Asia and one of the biggest in Asia.

“I want to expand my Empire, spread my wings, and go for new Challenges. I’m not someone who will change your club logo or tradition…. I’m here for glory, success and history…What does Valencia need? You need someone who knows about football, hungry for success, passionate and understand how big Valencia is as a club.”

Lim has not indicated he is interested in selling the club.

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