"Messi has offers because there is a tycoon or a state behind"

Laporta, candidate for the presidency of Barcelona, defends the Dutchman in a meeting with partners and is optimistic about the Argentine's continuity.


Joan Laporta, candidate for the presidency of FC Barcelona, has praised this afternoon in a ceremony with partners the figure of the Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, implying that he has options to be his coach for next season if he wins the elections on 7 March. He has also taken the opportunity to show his confidence that Leo Messi will stay at Barça because he knows "he wants to be here" .

“When you are president of this club you have to make decisions and Koeman, like all coaches, will depend on the results and the game. But I'm seeing that he picks up the tone more and more, the team too, and what should be supported is to support the experience. Koeman is now our coach and what I will do is motivate him to the maximum. I like the change of orientation that he has made with his statements lately, "explained Laporta, answering questions from the attendees in La Teixonera, a district of Barcelona.

Regarding Messi's continuity, he has declared himself "moderately optimistic", arguing that "it will not be easy for Leo to stay because he has offers of equipment and money they do not lack because there is a tycoon or a country behind". Laporta made it clear that he knows the Argentine well: "Leo is comfortable here and I am convinced by what I know him and by what I love him that he wants to stay. Leo loves Barça and is very well in Barcelona, he has power here. convinced and I enjoy the credibility of Leo, I feel the experience because I have had very beautiful moments with him and his family ".

On the delicate financial situation of the club, he conveyed reassurance: “In our candidacy we are very motivated, we love Barça and that gives us tremendous strength. Our main motivation is that we want the members to continue being the owners of the club, it is fundamental. We are also at a time of maximum economic difficulty and we have a crash plan to reverse this situation and to re-float Barça. The club with us will once again be economically sustainable. We have the experience, we have the preparation, we have the determination and we are going to put Barcelona back where it deserves. ”

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