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Deco gets 'wet' with sales and makes it clear that he would not change De Jong and Araújo for Mbappé

Published:8/02/2024 - 00:29h

Updated:8/02/2024 - 12:20h

In an interview with 'Mundo Deportivo', Deco broke down the FC Barcelona market based on the needs of the squad and the current financial situation. For the culé sports director, the priority is to maintain balance, without losing quality

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Deco Conversed with 'Sportive World' on the actuality of the FC Barcelona, mainly in the concerning the election of the new trainer culé and the next market estival. For the sportive director culé, the priority in summer goes through to reinforce in punctual zones, without taking hasty decisions neither risk to referents like Ronald Araújo or Frenkie of Jong, this in reference to a supposed barter with Paris Saint-Germain by Kylian Mbappé.

"I do not know what will happen with Mbappé, but would not be well sell to Araújo and Frenkie. I do not want to worsen the staff, want to improve, is like removing us an arm and a leg. Do this operation is to do worse the team", explained the Barcelona sportive director. In this sense, admitted that the club will do the possible for avoiding go out of one or two referents. "It would not like us, if it is necessary to do movements is to balance the staff. It is something that can not you answer because it depends".

Deco desvela The profile of the pivote that looks for the Barça

On the need of fichar a defensive pivote, Deco admitted that, by reasons of quality and market, is almost impossible to find to a similar player to Sergio Busquets. However, it admitted the interest by Aleix García."I think that publicly Xavi has said that it likes him. With the loss of Gavi has been difficult to counter during the winter, depends on how finish lal season".

In this regard, it valued the work of the technical body to cover this place. "it is testing The of Christensen of pivote, is a player more in the centre of the field. The assessments will do them of here to final of season. Aleix García is a good player and can be quite useful, but has agreement with the Girona".

The future of the Joaos and the relation with Jorge Mendes

On the arrival of the Joaos, the Barcelona sportive director valued the impact of both in a staff that, during the past market estival, lost important pieces. "I cancel it contributed us balance. The past year was missing a player of this position. They played Araújo or Koundé like side. By the left were Alba and Alonso and went Alba, but have to Balde and was missing one in the right. Félix came in function of the exits of the team. Dembélé Went by a clause, took his decision and there was not at all that do.

Besides, it added: "Ansu asked to go out because it wanted minutes and opened a gap. And Félix came to 'cost zero', adapted his wage and has contributed us important things and has decided parties. In this team there is not a specific player, but yes several punctual moments of several players. The effort will depend on what can do", argued the ex mediocentro luso.

On the other hand, it explained how it works the relation of the directive with Jorge Mendes, descartando any influence of the representative in the contracting of reinforcements. "I worked with Mendes at the beginning. From 2014 have my own company. He was my first agent and only in Portugal and is normal to have relation. I think that before my arrival Mendes had to Balde, Ansu or Lamine in the team and helped us to bring two players to 'cost zero'. Already it would like me that all the agents helped us, any agent has to have privilege in any team, less in the Barça".

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