According to Mundo Deportivo, four Barcelona players disagree to sign the dressing-room’s burofax to the board. The paper has even revealed them to be Marc-André ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong, Miralem Pjanić and Sergiño Dest.
Just to refresh everyone’s memory, the board wants the players to take another salary cut in an attempt to lower their massive wage bill. However, seeing how they’ve already done that once before to aid the club, most of the dressing-room is against another reduction.
With, of course, the exception of the four players mentioned above. But seeing the names that Mundo Deportivo mentioned in their report, it’s easy to see why they backed out of the ‘coup‘.
Ter Stegen is currently negotiating a contract renewal so it doesn’t make sense for him to suddenly turn against the people who want to give him a more lucrative deal soon. As for the other three players, they are all quite fresh, especially Pjanić and Dest.
The duo has only just arrived to Catalonia so it’s easy to see why they wouldn’t want to participate in the rebellion. De Jong’s situation is similar too. Even though he’s been here for a while now, he is still among the fresh players trying to make a good impression.
More importantly, however, all four captains have signed the burofax. Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Piqué agree there should be no more cuts. The tension is, as it seems, still pretty high at the Camp Nou.
Of course, we don’t have to remind anyone of the vote of no confidence that’s still in progress. Josep Maria Bartomeu is certainly not making more friends with his latest actions.
Only time will tell how this story ends, though.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.