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President Bartomeu talks Koeman, Messi, Neymar, Lautaro, Coutinho

Dhaiwat Pandya

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Amidst all the chaos at the club, Barça’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu has addressed various issues in his latest interview. Here is what he had to say:


“I decided not to resign now because La Liga starts only after 5 weeks. I chose not to resign for the benefit of the club.”

On Eric Abidal’s dismissal
“Abidal personally decided to leave. We respect his decision and we thank him for what he has given us.”

On Barça’s problems
“Barça don’t have economical problems. The problem is with the sporting project. I have been worried and busy with the club during the last few hours. We are trying to reverse the situation.”

On the loss against Bayern
“We are all responsible for the loss against Bayern Munich; the dressing room and the board.”

On the team’s new manager
“Ronald Koeman will be the manager of Barcelona. If nothing goes wrong, he will lead the team next season.”

On the economic problems of the club
“We suffered a loss of 200 million euros because of COVID-19, but we will overcome these difficult times. Everyone is working very hard to do so. I can assure the fans and members of the club that we are able to overcome any economical difficulties we face.”

On the possibility of resigning
“Resigning is an easy option, but it’s also irresponsible.”

On the aging squad
“The time for some players at Barcelona has come to an end. I want to thank the players for making us the best club in the world, but it’s time for some of those players to go. There will be replacements and new leaders who will take the team forward. After Anfield, we gave them chances to improve, but now there will be no tolerance. Necessary actions will be taken if needed.”

On Leo Messi
“Without any doubt, Messi will continue at Barça. He will be a part of Ronald Koeman’s project.”

On sacking Valverde mid-season
“I don’t regret making the decision.”

On the possibility of selling some senior players
“Some of the players know that it will be their last season at Barcelona. Some senior players will be sold, but they will be acknowledged with a lot of gratitude and appreciation.”

On Ansu Fati
“We received an offer for Fati, but he will stay at Barcelona.”

On Lautaro Martinez
“We have the money for Lautaro, but the problem is wages; they must be reduced. Negotiations were in process, but they have currently been put on hold. We will see who the manager wants and we will decide.”

On Neymar
“I think it’s very difficult to sign him since PSG aren’t willing to sell. We contacted them last season, but they refused.”

On Ronald Koeman’s official announcement
“We will soon announce the signing of Ronald Koeman and his staff. We are all waiting for the announcement *laughs*.”

On Ter Stegen
“Ter Stegen will renew his contract! He will definitely continue with us.”

On the club’s new sporting director
“Ramon Planes will replace Abidal as the sporting director.”

On the players he does not want to sell
“We will count on Leo, Stegen, Griezmann, Lenglet, Dembélé, Semedo, De Jong.”

On Trincao and Pedri
“Trincão and Pedri are very excited to start. We received offers for Trincão and Pedri for double the amount we bought them for, but they will not leave. They are here to stay.”

On Coutinho
“Coutinho can stay here, if Koeman wants him.”

Barça has had a special place in my heart ever since I started watching football. After joining Barca Universal last year, I have been fortunate enough to share thoughts and content about the club I love with my fellow culés. The love and respect for this club keep me going in doing what I do here at Barca Universal. Hoping to share more and more victories with you culés in the future.

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David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans

Aaryan Parasnis

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During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.

The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”

Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”

Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.

There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.

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