Joan Laporta debuts in a final in his second stage in the Barça presidency. The manager has accompanied the Barça team – Koeman has summoned the entire squad – to Seville, where he will face Athletic in search of the first title of the season. Speaking to Deportes Cuatro, Laporta has admitted that “Messi’s renewal is progressing adequately.”
For this reason, he tries to convince him with signings such as Haaland’s to dissuade Messi from his intention, already expressed last summer, to leave Barça. Building a competitive sports project is the first key to seducing the captain. “We have to work in the right direction to have a very competitive team next season,” Laporta stressed.
“We must work in the right direction to have a very competitive team next season,” says the president
The president did not want to give, on the other hand, any details about the continuity of Koeman , who was signed by Bartomeu after the 2-8 in Lisbon, succeeding Quique Setién . The Dutch coach has a two-year contract and is fulfilling his first. Laporta has not responded to questions from journalists about the coach’s future, despite the fact that he has been questioned a couple of times.
Waiting for news
But, for the moment, there are no more signs about the future of the Argentine star, a major issue in the sports field and, of course, economic. Messi has already said that he would wait for the new president before making a final decision. Laporta won the elections on March 7 and took office on March 17.
“I see the players very motivated. Optimistic with Leo? You have to ask him that. What I am going to do is what I can within the possibilities of the club so that he stays here. I see him very motivated, is a very extraordinary person who wants to continue at Barça. I am convinced, “said the manager.
A month later, the president has already revealed that “everything is progressing properly.” But without being able to certify yet that Messi, about to turn 34 years old (he will do so in June), will stamp his signature on a new contract. Last August, the captain legally certified by sending a burofax to the club his desire to leave the Camp Nou, fed up with the problems he had with then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“It has been to arrive, to assume this great challenge that lies ahead and that will be achieved with work, work and more work well done,” acknowledged Laporta, who did not want to address the possible signing of Haaland, the Norwegian star of Dortmund.
“Everything that has to be done will be done and done well. The priority now is to win the final,” said the Barça president on the way to the flight that took him to Seville with the team.