Barcelona president Joan Laporta on Monday gave particulars of the “dramatic” monetary issues that persuaded him to launch Lionel Messi.
“The financial and monetary state of affairs of the membership is worrying, and the monetary state of affairs is dramatic,” Laporta informed a two-hour press convention on the Camp Nou.
Barcelona, he stated, have money owed of 1.35 billion euros and a wage invoice, at 617 million euros, that’s “25 to 30 per cent greater than that of our opponents.”
“We’re all tightening our belts, in a few years the membership’s funds will probably be wholesome.”
As for Messi’s departure, Laporta stated that the 2 sides held “negotiations that each events hoped could be fruitful however did not work out. There’s a mutual disappointment.”
He confided that the Argentine’s presentation as a Paris Saint-Germain participant on Saturday left him with “combined emotions, like all Barca followers”.
“I might have most popular to see him at Barca, though now we have made the best determination,” Laporta stated. “I want him all the very best, I wish to see him comfortable, he deserves it. Any longer we will probably be an opponent.”
Barcelona opened their season with a 4-2 residence win over Actual Sociedad on Sunday.
“It was a really Barca-like response,” Laporta stated. “All of the gamers are extra motivated than ever.”
“Sunday confirmed that Barcelona followers are hungry for soccer and to see a staff that fights and performs properly”.
“A brand new period is starting. The short-term prospects are difficult, however within the medium-term they’re magnificent,” stated Laporta, including that Barcelona plan to return to creating younger gamers as they did with Messi, who got here by way of the youth system generally known as ‘La Masia’.
“We’re going to wager on La Masia, which can permit us to develop the mannequin we would like.”