Speaking to club media, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hit out at La Liga president Javier Tebas over his statements regarding the Catalans’ ability to sign players.
During an interview with MARCA, Tebas commented on Barça’s chances of signing Robert Lewandowski this summer, stating that they need to sell players first before dreaming of bringing in players.
“They (Barcelona) know what they have to do. They know perfectly well our economic control rules and their financial situation. The rules are there to avoid major economic problems. I don’t know if they will sell De Jong, Pedri or Pepito Perez,” Tebas said.
“They know what they have to do – sell assets and earn more, this is what they have to do. Barca has had many accumulated losses in the last tax years, some which could have been avoided and they have to stock the pantry.
“Just as Madrid have stocked up, Barcelona have emptied it. Today they cannot sign him (Lewandowski),” he added.
Now, Joan Laporta has reacted to the statements made by Tebas, insisting that the La Liga president is trying to harm the club with his statements and told him to refrain from commenting on Barcelona’s transfers.
“I ask you to refrain from making comments about the possible signings of Barça,” Laporta said, before adding, “If Tebas is doing this on purpose, it is not acceptable to us, and if it is unintentional, he is very talkative and likes to stand out.”
“From Tebas’ statements, it seems he has a clear desire to hurt Barça’s interests,” Laporta further added.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Tebas responds to Laporta’s statements. The La Liga president had previously hit back at the Barcelona supremo over some comments about the Fair Play situation, claiming that he was hurt by what had been said.