Joan Laporta in the presentation of his candidature in 2016


Laporta: "Haaland? With me, the good guys will want to play for FC Barcelona"

Published:3/12/2020 - 11:52h

Updated:3/12/2020 - 14:08h

Joan Laporta, ex president of the FC Barcelona and precandidato for the elections of January, desveló some of the bases of his project in an extensive interview

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Recently, Joan Laporta confirmed of official form what came leaving fall from did a lot of months: his candidature to chair again to the FC Barcelona from the next month of January. The one who already was maximum mandator of the Barcelona club conceded an interview for 'Catalonia Ràdio' in which it spoke of several subjects, showing a moderate but full speech of ambition.

Precisely on this moderation that has purchased in his recent speech asked him to Joan Laporta, something that the ex president attributed to the age and experience. "I am the same, but when I was president were 40 years old and now 58. My team asks me that it was natural, but are in delicate moments and want to that the people was conscious that have to be joined", answered.

"Without Messi, the Barça would survive, but is better that remain although it will not be easy"

Also it spoke on the future of Leo Messi, even answering to Neymar. "I speak with him usually, have contact, but does time that do not speak with him. To speak of his renewal need to have the authority of the presidency to do him a proposal that can fulfil. He knows that what promise him fulfil it. Messi marks the difference deportivamente and economically, because it generates a lot have him. Leo wants to to the Barça and would help it", said.

Joan Laporta ensured that it will find the way to propose him to Leo Messi something that convince him, although it also thinks that, in case of not accepting, would not be the end of the Barça. "We will do him imaginative proposals. I trust that it expect to that there is a new president to decide his future. The relation Barça-Leo has to be a beautiful history as it has been up to now", said, adding that, if it goes , "the Barça would survive, but is better that remain although it will not be easy. It will not be question of money, will be question of affection".

About signings, asked after him the possibility to bring to Erling Haaland, star of the Borussia Dortmund. "Have good relation with varied of the big agents of the world of the football. Have in his wallet to big players. If I am president of the Barça am safe that will give back the joy and will give to the good players the illusion to imagine that they can play in the Barça. The good will want to come to play here", signalled.

Difficult economic situation of the FC Barcelona

On the economic crisis, asked him if it thinks that goes to find surprises in the numbers. "No more than the usual in these cases, where the numbers are interpretable. The situation is delicate and think that ingresará less than what says the board. Instead of 700, we project ingresar 661 in a club that has a debt of more than 1000 millions. We contemplate the worst stage", commented.

Another of the curious questions of the interview was if it thinks that is worse the inheritance of Josep Maria Bartomeu that the one who inherited of Joan Gaspart in the year 2003, when it won his first elections. "The club is in the worst situation of his history. A moment very delicate. Look backwards will not help me", commented, adding that, to surpass this so complicated moment, touches "to work, work and work".

"The situation is delicate and think that ingresará less than what says the board"

Also it answered to if it has to detain the Espai Barça: "it does not have why. The same it is necessary replantearlo. But until it do not see in the agreement with Goldman Sachs can not speak". On the mandate of Josep Maria Bartomeu, regretted that "it leaves an almost ruined club. Raise this situation is the biggest challenge of my life and want to do it with humility, generosity and courage".

It ensured that the guarantees to be president will proceed of the members of his managerial board and no of third. "We will endorse the members of the candidature. It will not endorse us a third. It is a quantity for determining. We are speaking with banks because it will be more than 120, calculate that 145, what gives some 8 millions by member of the board", manifested.

Joan Laporta explained also that is used to to speak with Sandro Rosell. "We do not speak like ex presidents. We speak of the life and revertimos a situation that did not have to have given. It has lived an unfair situation. We speak of everything, have a good time and both have characters quite explosive. It is not as before, but it has normalised ", it ensured.

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