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MESTRE SPEAKS CLARO

Mestre: "Soon after leaving, Neymar cried and asked us to return"

Published:11/02/2020 - 13:12h

Updated:11/02/2020 - 13:20h

Jordi Mestre, the former sports vice president of FC Barcelona, ​​spoke on several current affairs of the Barça team, as well as others from the past

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In an interview published this Tuesday by the Sportive World, Jordi Mestre, the previous sportive vice-president of the FC Barcelona, analysed several subjects of the actuality of the Barcelona team, as well as others of the past like his resignation or even the signing of Neymar by Paris Saint-Germain in summer of 2017.

About the controversial decision that the Brazilian forward took in summer of the year 2017, Mestre confessed that anybody of the directive had proof of the negotiations of the Brazilian with the French club and that, to the little time to give the traspaso, the forward arrepintió. "Anybody knew that it would go because no said it to him to absolutely anybody of the club. Afterwards, to the little time cried of arrepentimiento and did us arrive his wish to return", said.

"If Neymar went back, would have to withdraw the demand, fustigarse, ask pardon, and carry a life almost monacal"

On if it would go back to fichar to Neymar, Mestre left clear that they would have to have a lot of gestures by part of the player. "From the emotional point of view by how was , no. From the sportive point of view, yes. If Neymar went back would have to do an act of contrición, withdraw the demand against the club, fustigarse, ask pardon, assume his error and, of course, carry a life almost monacal", explained.

The desavenencia between Éric Abidal and Leo Messi, between which there was a controversial crossing of statements as a result of an interview that the technical secretary culé conceded to the newspaper Sport, also was commented by Mestre. "I think that to Messi and Abidal knew them badly what happened and the last that they would want to would be to prejudice to the team and to the club", said.

Mestre Also explained his resignation like sportive vice-president, as a result of the criticisms to Pep Safe. "I resigned by a question of personal principles. The comments were against Pep Safe and I bet strong by him. I felt me implicitly questioned and decided to go out", manifested.

The change of trainer

The ex sportive vice-president also answered about the dismissal of Valverde. "To think it is necessary to know the situation in first person. Usually it does not change a trainer to half season being first and being in eighth of Champions like first. I agree that perhaps it was missing us a dynamics of game more attractive, but by results no", commented.

Mestre, on the other hand, also remarked the difficulty to be in the bench of the Barcelona, since the requirement that there is is no only to level of results, but also of game. "In the Barça is not easy to train. You have to win all and on with a game of film and by 5-0 each party. It is necessary to have patience", affirmed.

Also it confessed that Quique Setién liked to the Barça from did time, especially from the victory of 'his' Betis in the Camp Nou. "Already it liked us. When it won us by 3-4 home we find it to us in the changing room and said it to him but did not imagine what would happen. But it is clear that is not the same Lugo, The Palms and Betis that the Barça", sentenced.

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