The president of Barcelona spoke after the conflict generated around the continuity of La Pulga in the institution. In addition, the chance to resign and the possible arrival of Lautaro Martínez
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The president of Barcelona spoke before the team faced the Joan Gamper Trophy (EFE / Alejandro García)
Minutes after the ball rolled at the Camp Nou with Barcelona and Elche as protagonists in search of the Joan Gamper Trophy (friendly before the official start of each season), Josep Maria Bartomeu broke the silence in a conference and referred to the conflict that took place. generated around the continuity of Lionel Messi in the institution. “I couldn't allow myself to let the best player in the world go,” declared the president.
The Blaugrana priest assured that he does not intend to enter into any conflict with Messi: “He speaks in the field as we have seen, it is a parked issue. Things have to be discussed at home. You have to support the team and the players. We have to congratulate ourselves that Messi is still with us. He's excited about Koeman. The important thing is that I play for Barça, at home. We want him to retire at the club and do a project with Messi ”.
Bartomeu's attempts to rebuild the relationship with the Argentine star seem in vain, after all the water that ran under the bridge in the last two months. Rumors of possible sale, disagreement over the renewal, burofax to communicate the intention to leave and an interview in which the footballer made it clear that he is not comfortable with this board of directors.
Regarding the meeting of signatures by the opposition sector with the intention of ending his term in the institution, he replied: “The number of signatures is high and we were surprised. It is a democratic club and we have 10 days to validate them. It is a process of maximum transparency but we will continue working because this does not stop ”. And he remarked that no manager is thinking of resigning these days.
Meanwhile, he warned that they are working in the market to carry out some more incorporation (they will have time until October 5) in an effort to make a competitive team, although he clarified: “Before players enter, others have to leave. There are departures that we have in mind and other arrivals ”.
Logically, he was consulted about the case of Luis Suárez, of whom he said: “He is a Barça player and one of the most important of this club. He has a valid contract ”. And on the possibility of hiring Lautaro Martínez from Inter, he elaborated: “I will not say specific names but Barça, like many clubs, have less income. We suffer from a significant lack of resources and we have to adapt. We have to reduce the wage bill and comply with the Fair Play. Currently there is no room for new players to come in if no others come out ”.
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