Barcelona legend Carles Puyol could return to the club in 2021. Puyol will not run as a presidential candidate, but he has met with five possible pre-candidates. Carles has been offered the position of director and sports director, a position he would like most. Depending on who wins, he could return in the next year.
Puyol already rejected to be part of the current board in 2019. President Josep María Bartomeu had offered the ex-Barcelona player the position of sports director, but he could not accept the offer due to his personal projects. However, speculation suggests that the World Cup winner did not want to risk putting his reputation on the line by working alongside Bartomeu, something that cannot be said for Eric Abidal.
Despite having refused the position of sports director, Puyol has always expressed that he would love to return to the club, and without a doubt, that job would suit him. The capacity for conviction, confidence, and professionalism will make Carles stand out in a project of this calibre.
It does, however, depend on who comes to power – with the two leading candidates being Joan Laporte and Victor Font. That said, it would be fair to assume that Puyol will do an exemplary job at the club, giving his all off the pitch, much like he did on it.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
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.