Under-fire Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claimed he could not sanction Lionel Messi’s transfer to a competing club, stating his desire for the super star captain to retire at Camp Nou.
Messi handed in a transfer request complying with a troubled 2019-20 season, which saw Barca embarrassed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals and dethroned by Real Madrid in LaLiga, before the six-time Ballon d’Or winner decided to stay this term.
The 33-year-old was tipped to sign up with Premier League titans Manchester City as well as while the transfer did not happen, Pep Guardiola’s side are reportedly still considering a move for the Argentina captain.
Bartomeu– encountering a vote of no self-confidence next month following a motion against the incumbent president passed the threshold of 16,250 ballots on October 8– came in for criticism after blocking Messi’s move and the 57-year-old described his stance.
” Our priority was keeping Messi as part of our new task so I determined against starting a discussion,” Bartomeu stated.
” I had been accused of requiring his departure in order to balance our publications. Well, no, we put the passions of the club initially and also didn’t want to reinforce a direct opponent. We made that choice recognizing that we would certainly be criticised for it.
” I understand the placements of everybody, empathising is important. In the case of Leo, it is excellent to snap due to the fact that it is bad to accept loss as well as we have all snapped.
” Yet there was a deadline for him to announce whether or not he was going unilaterally. He didn’t as well as below it is. Most of us desire him to retire at Barca.”
Bartomeu included: “Because of the Messi case, it never ever occurred to me to surrender. For Barcelona, for the club, for the team, having Messi as well as having him retire below is the most effective choice for everyone.
” The job is really fascinating with youngsters as well as professionals, like Messi. And also I believe that, with him, we are mosting likely to win a title this period.”
Barca, meanwhile, issued a declaration describing their “outright difference” with VAR choices following Saturday’s 3-1 Clasico loss to Madrid.
Ronald Koeman’s Barca were left outraged by the decision for VAR to award Madrid a penalty following Clement Lenglet’s shirt pull on Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos.
” Confronted with the occasions brought about by the application of VAR throughout the game last Saturday versus Real Madrid CF, the board of directors desires to repeat its self-confidence in VAR as an innovation to aid umpires with their work however, at the same time, shares its absolute disagreement when it come to the criteria made use of for its application as well as analysis in current months,” the statement checked out.
” The board thinks about that, in the cases of similar or really comparable match circumstances, VAR has actually not promoted the essential standards of values and fairness, which has actually had a serious negative effect on FC Barcelona as well as has benefitted its most direct opponents. It is public knowledge that other clubs in LaLiga have revealed declarations on the exact same problem.
” FC Barcelona advises the Spanish Football Federation to take immediate action, with the collaboration of the LaLiga clubs if it pleases, to combine the requirements of interpretation and application as well as placed an end to a situation that is damaging the image and credibility of what we think about the best league in the world.”
Bartomeu said: “Recently when I was entering the press meeting I was informed that there are audio recordings of a lineman chatting with the referee in Barcelona’s match against Real Madrid.
” We are mosting likely to analyse it. We have been requesting one more confirmation of the VAR requirements for a long time as well as we are calling for a joint representation by the expert groups. It can not be one way in some games as well as in one more method others.”