Josep María Bartomeu assured that it was not his intention to force Leo’s departure. And about his anger, he said: “It’s good to get pissed off.”
Josep María Bartomeu, who this Monday announced that he will continue as president of Barcelona, spoke among other points at a press conference about the conflict with Lionel Messi, who tried to leave the club before the start of the season. The leader had conciliatory attitude and even bet on the continuity of the flea after June 30, 2021, when the Argentine footballer’s contract ends.
“I decided not to face a dialectical discussion, because the priority was that Messi was in the new project and I am not going to do it now, because he is our captain,” he explained by his silence.
“It is important to empathize. But in the case of Messi, it’s good to get pissed off, because it is not good to accept defeats and it means that there is ambition and desire. The anger was widespread, “he said. He pointed out that Leo sent the burofax communicating his decision to leave the club due to the contractual clause after the historic 8 to 2 defeat against Bayern Munich, for the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
“We were all angry, because we wanted different results, but there was a clause with June 10 as the deadline to announce that he was leaving the club unilaterally. That date passed. I hope that he will continue for many years and that he will retire at the Camp Nou. For Messi to retire at Barcelona is the best option for everyone, also for Leo. With the team there is, a very good project is being built, “said Bartomeu.
“It never crossed my mind to resign because of the Messi case,” he also said. And he argued: “The I had a contract in force when the release clause expired, and the idea was to activate the project around him. “
“I was accused of forcing his exit to save the accounts, but no. We had no intention of reinforcing a direct rival. We made a decision assuming the wear and tear it would entail,” said Bartomeu.
“A very good project is being built with the coach, new young players and veterans like Messi. The enthusiasm and desire are there and we have seen moments of great play. I think we are going to win a title this season,” he said optimistically. Meanwhile, Barsa is 13th in the League, where they added consecutive falls against Getafe and Real Madrid, although they debuted with victory against Ferencvaros in the Champions League.