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JORGE MENDES WANTED TO DO THE OPERATION

The unexpected key figure in Barcelona to not sign Rúben Neves

Published:25/08/2023 - 20:17h

Updated:25/08/2023 - 20:17h

The FC Barcelona was several weeks in search of his pivote and finally agreed with the Girona for the return of Oriol Romeu, but before the culés had to force the 'descarte' of a Rúben Neves that had a foot already in the City Condal

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The start of the summer for the FC Barcelona treated during a lot of days in trying look for a mediocampista defensive competent so that it could sumir the titularity after the exit of Sergio Busquets. Several members of the hierarchy blaugrana tried to add names, although the prices and conditions of many did not fit, although in the case of Rúben Neves himself that seemed that his agent, Jorge Mendes, could complete the operation.

However, a report of 'Mark' this Friday has aimed that although the possibility that the Barça fichara to the luso was legitimate, the reasons behind the collapse to a large extent reduced to the influence of Deco like adviser to enclosed door. The now Barcelona sportive director, in that moment still like an external member of the directive, went the main author that avoided the traspaso.

The Barça needs a pure pivote and no a mediocampista 'mixed'

Like this it aims it the information, signalling that to weigh gives insistence of the president Joan Laporta in fichar to Neves, motivated especially by his excellent relations with Mendes, Deco kept of the side of the technical body, which alleged in that moment that Martin Zubimendi was the player that was worthwhile to pursue. The name of the Basque was above any one in the case that treated to do an investment of more than 30 million euros.

The míster was against of fichar to Neves, since it saw to the international Portuguese with a more similar profile to the of Franck Kessie or Frenkie of Jong, in a species of mediocampista 'box-to-box' and did not consider it apt for the paper pivote. Under this context, Deco was moving the threads in the room of boards and played a key paper in the movement that finally did not materialise .

Deco Achieved that Jorge Mendes understood that it was not convenient

In a role of mediator, Deco calmed the situation speaking with Xavi and Mendes and expressing the objections of each side. The trainer explained his profiles wished to the new sportive director of blaugrana and left clear why did not see to Neves like a good candidate. Besides, Deco also spoke with Mendes and asked him if the midfield player knew that it would go in in a team where the technician did not trust completely in him, doing that the possibility that the luso dressed of Barcelona remained totally descartada.

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