While the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has just closed its doors with the coronation of Argentina’s Lionel Messi, club football will therefore resume its rights at the end of December in Europe. FC Barcelona, current leader of La Liga, will have to wait until New Year’s Eve to return to competition, with a derby against Espanyol as part of the 15th day of the Spanish championship. With this in mind, the players have resumed training for a few days to return on time for the championship, to which the Europa League and the Copa del Rey will be added over the calendar year 2023. Nevertheless, the Catalan management is working, as for her, relentlessly to prepare for the winter transfer window and manage the many hot issues, in particular the case of Sergio Busquets, tipped to join the MLS in January.
Indeed, in an interview with Barca TVthe president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, nevertheless hopes that the international from La Roja will stay until the end of the season, as Xavi would like: “We are talking about Barça legends who are part of the crest and who, in addition, are extraordinary people. Xavi is counting on him and is in favor of him continuing. It has been said that he has offers from MSL, but we want him to continue. Whatever his decision, it will be a good decision. When his contract expires, it will be over. We want him to finish the season. I hope he stays until the end of the season, but whatever his decision, it will be well taken. We all want it to continue. If you are watching this program, I want you to continue. »
A new call from the foot to Messi
Still at the microphone of the club’s official media, Laporta also spoke on the soap opera that links Barça to Lionel Messi, close to an extension with Paris Saint-Germain until at least 2024. After his message of congratulations following his final coronation at the Qatari World Cup, the Blaugrana leader wants to be patient but gives him a new call with his foot: “For us, he is the best of all time. We had him here and he became a player here. I am convinced that, in his heart, he is a Culé. He is a reference Culé and will always be linked to Barça. We would love for him to come back, but it’s something we’ll have to wait and see. » A return could be recorded in a year and a half if La Pulga finally decides to extend for only one year. Nevertheless, the Barca boss doesn’t want to create false hopes among the fans, saying his signing would be economically complicated.
“Obviously, I would like him to come back one day. I would love to, but don’t create expectations. He is a PSG player, he has a contract with them. He just won the World Cup. We are very happy for him. What I don’t want is to generate expectations that have great difficulty. The levers were made to save the club because it was in a very complicated situation. Now LaLiga has set limits on levers. It would be possible to do one of these operations, but it would not be to sign a player.he explains, before ensuring that the historic status of the club will bring funds for the future: “We have goals and we are very appreciated. Everything we do is in the interest of the club. We are a historic club. We have 123 years of history and that has great value. It generates a significant attraction. We will break the record for sponsorship revenue. The club is attractive to investors. »
“Xavi? He’s the best coach in the world.”
After putting an end to rumors of the sale of Frenkie de Jong, assuring that he has no “never wanted to sell it. He is one of the pillars of the team.the president of FC Barcelona did not hesitate to reinforce his technician Xavi a little more, the target of criticism after the premature exit from the Champions League: “It’s wonderful to have him. He’s the best coach in the world. He’s optimistic, but play him with your feet on the ground. All this trust we have in him is because he earned it. I’m proud of him. It is the circle of life. He is respectful of the game system. We have complete confidence in him. He knows that we will help him in any way possible. He’s a simple person. He doesn’t brag about anything. You can have a conversation with him. »
As for the sporting level, Laporta is aware of the disappointment following the elimination of the C1 for the Europa League, a scenario similar to last season. A great loss for the objectives set this season for Xavi Hernandez’s team, but the 2022/2023 financial year is not over yet: “The elimination was a blow. A very hard blow. But we were able to resist it. The priority this year is LaLiga. The locker room, with our coach at the helm, is clear about that. We want LaLiga and we have to motivate ourselves and think about it. Most young players have gone to the World Cup. I don’t want to analyze the games against Bayern or Inter, where they pissed us off. The refereeing decisions did not favor us. We want and need LaLiga. » An affordable goal, for the moment, for the FCB, first in the championship with two points ahead of their eternal rival, Real Madrid. Whether in La Liga or C3, the second half of the season will be decisive for the players, some of whom, like Ousmane Dembélé or even Raphinha, will be expected to wear the Blaugrana jersey to the highest level…
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