Disappointed Steaua president plans signings
BUCHAREST, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Steaua Bucharest president Gigi Becali said he would freshen up the squad after a disappointing result in the domestic league at the weekend.
Second-placed Steaua were held 0-0 at Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt after a miserable performance and missed the chance to cut the gap with leaders Dinamo Bucharest, who lost 2-1 at CFR Cluj.
Arch-rivals Dinamo, who failed to chalk up their 14th win in a row on Sunday, have 39 points, 11 more than champions Steaua.
'They (the Steaua players) have huge salaries which they don't deserve,' Becali told reporters.
'I will bring in six to seven good new players to put the present stars on the sideline.'
Rapid Bucharest, who are third, crushed Otelul Galati 7-0 away to register the biggest win of the season as they moved within two points of fierce rivals Steaua.
'Now I have not only lost hope of winning the title but I'm afraid of losing out on second place,' Becali said.
At present, the Romanian title winners qualify for the Champions League with the runners-up going into the UEFA Cup.
Becali said he had already sent Steaua's executive president Mihai Stoica to South America to look for new players.
Portuguese goalkeeper Carlos Fernandez, who is no longer first choice, will be replaced after an angry Becali offered '100,000 euros ($127,600) to the club which agrees to take him'.
'They (the players) pocketed thousands of euros after matches in the Champions League and now they are not satisfied with 2000 euros for a win in the local league,' he added.
Steaua's players earned 100,000 euros each for beating Standard Liege 4-3 on aggregate in the third qualifying round of the Champions league to reach the group stage.
However, they are third in group E behind Olympique Lyon and Real Madrid and cannot reach the knockout stage, although they can still qualify for the UEFA Cup if they finish third.
Steaua have three points ahead of bottom club Dynamo Kiev, who have none, with the teams due to meet in Bucharest on Nov. 21. Steaua's last group game is at Lyon on Dec. 6.