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Surprise! Zubizarreta reveals which Madrid star could have come to Barça

Published:4/12/2022 - 20:16h

Updated:4/12/2022 - 20:16h

Andoni Zubizarreta, former Barça goalkeeper and sports director, gave an interview to 'Viaempresa' and spoke about various topics. The executive spoke about his departure from the club and revealed that Courtois was on the entity's agenda

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Andoni Zubizarreta Formed part of the organisation chart of the FC Barcelona during four years and half, making the works of sportive director. After winning numerous titles, the ex guardameta of the Barcelona square was destituido of his charge in January of 2015. Now, and while it commissions of the same department in the Monterrey of Mexico, the executive of 61 years has conceded an interview to 'Viaempresa' where has spoken of several subjects and surprised with a confession on a possible signing of the club.

And it is that during his stage in the entity, one of the tasks that had to make was the one to find to the substitute of Victor Valdés, being Marc-André Ter Stegen the elected in that then. "Jordi Melero, that commissioned to follow to players in Germany, said me: 'I Have seen to a boy with a personality in the Borussia Mönchengladbach… (…) are about to to go down. I do not understand of goalkeepers, but would have to see it'. His name remained then annotated", manifested.

In this sense, Andoni explained the reasons that carried them to decant by the guardameta German, the one who has justified his signing when being one of the footballers with greater force inside the square. "Of Ter Stegen convinced us his personality, his one against one, that went out very up in the aerial balloons, that occupied very well the goal and, of course, that knew to take out very well the balloon with the feet in short and in long", ensured.

However, the history could have been very different, since Thibaut Courtois, figure of the Real Madrid, was in the plans of the Catalans before the arrival of Ter Stegen, as it admitted Zubizarreta. "Yes, it was another name that had fit in the goal perfectly. The question was that we needed to somebody that played more advanced and in this moment Courtois did not do it. Today Courtois does a lot of more things that when we analyse it", confessed.

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On the other hand, the director ensured that it sees "well" to the team, but took advantage of to leave a reflection in this regard. "It asks to the team that dominate the game, that have more possession and that generate more occasions that the rival. The football has evolved and will not go back to the 2010. I do not know to where, but the game will evolve. In these stages, the Barça can live a lot of contradictions with those appearances that give you certainties, but as it occurs in the companies, does not be used to to work what went well does ten years", expressed.

His exit of the club

On his dismissal, Andoni aseveró that this did not have at all that see with the crossing between Messi and Luis Enrique in Anoeta. "I said it in his moment and keep it now: my exit of Barça was by a reason 'political' and no sportive. It did not have at all that see with any decision that I had taken. Besides, Messi said that his relation with Luis Enrique was wonderful and that carried very well. It seems that by here it is not the problem. The problem owed to be in some dispatch that I do not know", affirmed.

His stage in the Camp Nou

Finalemente, Zubizarreta valued his stage in the dispatches of the Camp Nou, ensuring that "they were some very good years. I arrived to the Barça in 2010 with a team that the previous year had won all the titles and with a Spanish selection champion of the world with several players of the Barça. How it could improve this? I centred me in working to give structure to this team so that it was still working".

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