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Laporta sends a direct message to Lionel Messi: “You have to stay, sorry for the reference, but I love you”




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Joan Laporta spoke during his inauguration ceremony at the Camp Nou. The new president is very confident to bring back the glory days in Barcelona.

“We have a big challenge, and we will take it on with the most responsibility. We will bring back glory to Barcelona,” said Laporta.

He added: “You all know how I work as a president. We will always help you and protect you.”

Laporta also emphasised the current economic situation, and stated that now that his board is in power, they will find new ways to generate revenues:

“The economical and financial situation at the club is difficult, of course. We will need to work a lot with a lot of effort, it’s a priority. We will do everything to be back at the top. Now that we have the power to make decisions, we will make brave ones and find new ways of income.”

Messi smiling when Laporta makes reference to him during the ceremony | via FC Barcelona YouTube

Probably what fans wondered about the most, is Lionel Messi’s future, and Laporta had his say on the situation as well:

“We will try to convince Leo to stay at the club (Laporta smiles and everyone claps). You have to stay, sorry for the reference, but I love you. You know it. We love you.”

Ever since his appointment, another big question has been his confidence in Ronald Koeman, as many reports suggested that Laporta prefers another coach – namely Julian Nagelsmann – at the Catalan club. However, today, the president explicitly told that he is keen on continuing with the Dutch coach:

“You have the confidence of the board, Ronald.”

Considering the club’s recent rise in form, these are relatively easier statements to make, however. We will have to wait and see how things will evolve, but as things stand, the future looks promising.

Laporta ended his speech with the famous motto: “Visca el Barca i Visca Catalunya!”

Source: Live Coverage

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