Jordi Cruyff has consistently been in the news since the Barcelona presidential election campaigns began. The crucial technical director role is a major void that needs to be filled. Cadena SER have reported that Barcelona’s new president Joan Laporta has finally agreed with Jordi Cruyff to fill the position.
However, Jordi still has a contract with Shenzhen FC in China which needs to be resolved before he can make any commitments to Barcelona. A while earlier he had denied any links with the Catalans saying that he will honour his contract with the Chinese outfit. However, he did not shut anything down, stating that any discussions will be with the approval of the Shenzhen-Kaisa group.
Joan Laporta’s return to Barcelona as the president will certainly speed up the process. Laporta is clear that he wants Jordi Cruyff to head up the department alongside Mateu Alemany, who has already joined his project.
The whole team is wearing facemasks with number 14, in memory of Johan Cruyff. pic.twitter.com/HDWsjNYGPs— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 7, 2021
Jordi was also supposedly in contact with presidential candidate Victor Font. Font wanted him to play an important part in his project as well, but Cruyff seemingly distanced himself from it later. He then probably played a major role in Laporta’s election win, when he said that if his father, the legendary Johan were alive, he would also vote for Laporta.
This is probably the most telling sign that Jordi Cruyff highly backs Joan Laporta’s project. With Barcelona’s aid, he should soon be able to resolve his contract situation in China and then start negotiations to join the Barcelona board.
Laporta also seemed confident that he will be able to get Cruyff on board, and also confirmed contact with Xavi Hernandez, as he said: “Both Xavi and Jordi Cruyff have made themselves available and at the time we deem appropriate we will speak. Jordi has a contract in force in China. We have a good relationship with Xavi, but I have received so many messages that I have not been able to answer him.” (RAC1 relayed by Blaugranagram)