Barcelona president Joan Laporta on Monday gave particulars of the “dramatic” monetary issues that persuaded him to launch Lionel Messi.
“The financial and monetary scenario of the membership is worrying, and the monetary scenario is dramatic,” Laporta advised a two-hour press convention on the Camp Nou.
Barcelona, he stated, have money owed of 1.35 billion euros and a wage invoice, at 617 million euros, that’s “25 to 30 per cent greater than that of our rivals.”
“We’re all tightening our belts, in a few years the membership’s funds will likely be wholesome.”
As for Messi’s departure, Laporta stated that the 2 sides held “negotiations that each events hoped can be fruitful however didn’t work out. There’s a mutual disappointment.”
He confided that the Argentine’s presentation as a Paris Saint-Germain participant on Saturday left him with “combined emotions, like all Barca followers”.
“I might have most well-liked to see him at Barca, though we’ve made the precise determination,” Laporta stated. “I want him all the perfect, I wish to see him glad, he deserves it. Any further we will likely be an opponent.”
Barcelona opened their season with a 4-2 dwelling win over Actual Sociedad on Sunday.
“It was a really Barca-like response,” Laporta stated. “All of the gamers are extra motivated than ever.”
“Sunday confirmed that Barcelona followers are hungry for soccer and to see a group that fights and performs effectively”.
“A brand new period is starting. The short-term prospects are difficult, however within the medium-term they’re magnificent,” stated Laporta, including that Barcelona plan to return to growing younger gamers as they did with Messi, who got here via the youth system often known as ‘La Masia’.
“We’re going to guess on La Masia, which is able to permit us to develop the mannequin we would like.”