Laporta says Barcelona are funding ‘dramatic’ but the future is bright – .

Laporta says Barcelona are funding ‘dramatic’ but the future is bright – .

Barcelona (AFP)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta on Monday gave details of the “dramatic” financial problems that persuaded him to release Lionel Messi.

“The club’s economic and financial situation is worrying, and the financial situation is dire,” Laporta said at a two-hour press conference at Camp Nou.

Barcelona, ​​he said, has debts of 1.35 billion euros and a payroll, at 617 million euros, “25 to 30 percent higher than our competitors.”

“We are all tightening our belts, in a few years the club’s finances will be healthy. “

As for Messi’s departure, Laporta said the two sides held “negotiations that both sides hoped to be fruitful but which were unsuccessful.” There is mutual disappointment ”.

He said the Argentine’s presentation as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Saturday left him with “mixed feelings, like all Barca fans”.

“I would have preferred to see him at Barça, even if we made the right decision,” said Laporta. “I wish him all the best, I like to see him happy, he deserves it. From now on, we will be an adversary. “

Barcelona opened their season with a 4-2 home win over Real Sociedad on Sunday.

“It was a very close reaction to Barça,” said Laporta. “All the players are more motivated than ever. “

“Sunday showed that Barcelona fans are hungry for football and to see a team that fights and plays well”.

“A new era begins. The short term outlook is complicated, but in the medium term it is magnificent, ”said Laporta, adding that Barcelona plan to return to developing young players like they did with Messi, who went through youth. system known as “La Masia”.

“We are going to bet on La Masia, which will allow us to develop the model we want. “


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