According to Onda Cero, Josep Maria Bartomeu wants to continue his role at the club as the Barcelona president. The 57-year-old has no intentions of resigning, and believes that such action would cause instability within the club.
Earlier, players such as Gerard Piqué have reportedly asked Bartomeu to resign, but Bartomeu’s board of managers support him and encourage the president to continue for the remainder of his term.
Presidential elections are scheduled to take place in March 2021, but considering success in the vote of no-confidence movement, Bartomeu might be forced to step down very soon.
Bartomeu plans to support someone that is close to him for the upcoming term, similar to Sandro Rosell who supported himself. However, it will not be an easy race for Bartomeu and co, as former president Joan Laporta is currently leading the polls to take over.
Barça midfielder Aleña speaks following his first start in nearly a year
Carles Aleña started his first game for Barça in nearly a year. His last start for his boyhood club came in December 2019 against Inter Milan, and Ronald Koeman selected him against Dynamo Kyiv after injuries decimated his squad. After his impressive display, Aleña spoke to the media.
“I’m very happy to return to the field. We played a great game and we took advantage of our chances.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
Aleña ended his ordeal with a near-Man of the Match performance away to the Ukrainians. The Spanish youngster was his team’s metronome and misplaced one solitary pass. His pass map is a joy to behold and the midfielder deserves a lot of recognition for that display.
📸 — Aleñá’s pass map against Kyiv tonight.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 24, 2020
Not a back-passer at all. pic.twitter.com/Ah5QrsgW3N
At the beginning of the year, Ronald Koeman did not fancy Aleña at all. He and Riqui Puig were ostracised, but the two of them showed a lot of resilience against Kyiv. Hopefully, their coach opens his eyes.
“Playing with the first team requires a lot of hard work.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
We will have to wait and see whether Koeman is on the same page with the fans regarding Aleña’s performance. One thing is clear: the 22-year-old can play a crucial role in the team if used correctly.