FC Barcelona President, Jose Maria Bartomew has spoken for the first time after the departure of Neymar to Paris St. Germain.
“Neymar belongs to history”
In his statement at the 38th World Club Congress of FC Barcelona, he said that ” Neymar belongs to history and the club must move on, he helped Barcelona to achieve a lot but it was his decision to leave and must be seen as such”.
“We prevented him from leaving last year but he decided to go this year and so we have to respect his decision as we always act with our responsibility and the defend our interest”. He continued
“If he stayed, it would have been good for us but his departure is also good for us because it gives us the opportunity to go into the market well and improve the team”
The President of the great club explained further thus ” no one is above Barca, the club comes first in everything and everything has a limit. We are a club of 118 years with great players, with more than 140,000 club members, big partners (sponsors) not a sheikh or oligarch, in clear allusion to the structures of other European clubs.”.
Praise for Messi and Iniesta
Bartomew, also heaped praise on Lionel Andres Messi the Argentine captain, saying Messi’s commitment and fidelity must be the true model for all who want to wear our colours, he has proved his love for the club and has also shown that he will always defend the colours of this club, Messi is an example for all”.
“We will shortly present the contract extension to the Argentine”.
“Messi debe ser un ejemplo para todos (Messi is an example for all)”
He also spoke about the team captain, Andres Iniesta, he said Iniesta must also be example for all as he has proven and that is why we are trying to prolong his stay in the club with a new contract”.
He said “the forms have not been best”, These are the forms of a player that are not those that a player of our team has to have. We have been clearer and would have liked more clarity on his part” Bartomew referred to Neymar. The players here feel they are in the best club in the world and that’s because we are important”, he said further.
Proper Investment of Money from Neymar
He went on to explain that the club will invest the money paid by Neymar very well.
Neymar’s departure did not catch us by surprise and so his departure is good for us.
“We anticipated that he could leave the club in the future and that is why we increased the release clause on his renewal”.
“Receiving this money gives us the chance to face the future with confidence and guarantees to improve the team. When doubts about his departure started, we were calm because we knew his decision would be good for us”
The FC Barcelona president also said “we remain a great club and this will help us to bring in other players”
On the clause of 222m Euros, he went of to confirm that the club has made an official complain to UEFA over the transfer, “we want to protect football and make it more sustainable and that can happen because no club must spend more than they earn”.
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