Barcelona president Joan Laporta is among the many many people who find themselves nonetheless in disbelief that Lionel Messi won’t be suiting up for them.
Nevertheless, he admitted that protecting the six-time Balon d’Or winner would have been not possible regardless of membership gamers agreeing to wage cuts and offloading Antoine Griezmann’s large weekly wages of £594,000 ($821,466).
Laporta just lately spoke with Esports3 about their rollercoaster of a summer season.
“Messi couldn’t have stayed even with Griezmann’s [departure] and with the wage discount of the captains. However it’s important that we have now lowered the wage cap as a result of subsequent yr we could be extra formidable.”
He continued, “I feel we have been each unhappy as a result of the scenario was not what we needed. I’ve not spoken with Messi since. I noticed his debut with PSG [Paris Saint-Germain] and it was unusual to see him at one other staff, rivals. I didn’t like seeing him in one other shirt.”
There’s hope for subsequent yr although, as Laporta has been main the cost at chopping Barcelona’s expenditure prices and the 59-year-old is more than pleased to announce that they’ve slashed their contract bills from 110 % to 80 %.
“I wish to congratulate the executives and the monetary division of Barcelona for his or her work, and all those that have labored tirelessly and terribly,” Laporta stated.
“And we have now some heroes in [Gerard] Pique, [Jordi] Alba, [Sergio] Busquets and we are going to seal [the deal with] Sergi Roberto,” he added. All of them have agreed to take wage cuts to assist relieve the membership of a few of their debt that’s valued at round €1.35 billion ($1.59 billion).
A well-known face to Barcelona followers was presupposed to make a return to Camp Nou this summer season however Laporta and the membership’s misunderstanding of the La Liga honest play guidelines blocked it from occurring, in response to ESPN.
“We tried to signal Neymar,” Laporta informed TV3. “At that second [after being elected in March], it appeared like an attention-grabbing signing. He obtained involved. He was loopy about coming. We interpreted honest play in one other means on the time. If we had recognized all the principles [in LaLiga], we’d not have made that provide.”
Regardless of all of this, the Spanish giants have had an awesome begin to their La Liga season, with two wins and one draw underneath their belt.
Their subsequent recreation will see them face FC Bayern Munchen on Sept. 14 to kick off their UEFA Champions League bid.