Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu refused to resign as he insisted there was no institutional crisis at Camp Nou and he confirmed that Ronald Koeman would be their new manager as long as “nothing do not go “.
The president gave a broad interview to Barcelona TV Tuesday night, where he spoke about the future of the club and denied that there had been an “institutional crisis”.
There has been an investigation into the La Liga giants after their embarrassing 8-2 Champions League exit at Bayern Munich on Friday.
Josep Bartomeu gave a wide interview on Barcelona TV on the future of the club
Bartomeu says Ronald Koeman will be named manager until ‘nothing goes’
Bartomeu added Koeman promised him Messi will continue to be a ‘key player’
Quique Setien has been sacked following the result, and Koeman, who was pictured arriving at Barcelona on Tuesday, is the man set to take over.
The Dutch manager told Bartomeu that Lionel Messi is very much into his plans despite speculation that the legendary striker is considering leaving the club.
The club president said: “Koeman will be the new manager and he told me that Messi was a key player for our new project.
“He has a contract until 2021, I speak a lot with Leo and more regularly with his father.
“He’s number one in the world. There is no doubt that in Koeman’s new project you can count on Messi.
Bartomeu added that Koeman said Messi will be the ‘keystone’ of the new team, but some of the older players will receive an ‘honorable goodbye’.
Ousmane Dembele was one of eight players Bartomeu insisted on staying at the club
Following the defeat at Bayern Munich, it has been reported that Barcelona are willing to put many of their players up for sale.
During the interview, Bartomeu cut off any discussion about opening talks with Manchester United if they wanted to sign Ousmane Dembele.
In total, he confirmed eight players that the club did not want to sell.
He said, ‘He will stay. Messi, Ter Stegen, Lenglet, Semedo, De Jong, Griezmann and Dembele are not for sale.
Bartomeu said Philippe Coutinho, currently on loan, could stay if Koeman wanted
“We have offers for Ansu Fati but he is not for sale.
The president also said Philippe Coutinho could stay at Camp Nou as long as Koeman wants to keep him.
It’s been an eventful week for the club, with Setien and technical secretary Eric Abidal leaving the club.
Abidal was reportedly sacked but Bartomeu said on club television that the Frenchman had in fact asked to leave.
Bartomeu said it would be easy to quit the club but it would also be ‘irresponsible’
There have been calls for Bartomeu’s resignation, but the 57-year-old has said it would be ‘irresponsible’ to leave now.
He said: “We didn’t want to quit, we wanted to do the planning for next season. Resigning now would be easy but irresponsible. We have a sporting crisis but not an institutional crisis ”.
Bartomeu is expected to be ousted in the 2021 elections.