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Josep Maria Bartomeu He left several statements that will have to speak in an interview on Catalunya Radio, where he acknowledged that he would like to “sign another contract with Messi”. The president of FC Barcelona also questioned the continuity of Ernesto Valverde next season and about the Classic said that “the partner is free to exhibit what he wants.”
The words of Leo Messi on his retirement from football, they caused a media earthquake that the top culé president tried to ditch: “He still has a long way to go and has no problem following in the Barça, “He said after acknowledging that” I would like to sign one more contract with Messi. “
About the Argentine star, Bartomeu He said that “I have no doubt that he will play here until he retires, it is his commitment. He says that already We'll talk when the seasons progress. It will end when he wants. For its quality and for being a reference, for everything it gives.
Before the possible withdrawal of Messi, the top leader culé was calm by “the young talent that comes from the Masia”, since “Ansu Fati has renovated but they are also Aleña, Jong Frenkie, who just arrived, Ter Stegen or I trembled. We must prepare the future with younger players. The day I stop playing Messi, the game will be different. “
“Making a peaceful protest is compatible with a football game, I don't see any problem”
Valverde and the Classic
One of the most amazing phrases of Bartomeu were those related to the continuity of Ernesto Valverde, whose contract expires in 2021 but “in spring there is an option in which both the club and he can decide if they continue. Three years may be enough. but it is a decision that he must make, it depends on exhaustion, fatigue… although I see Valverde excited ”.
Another of the themes that focused attention was the Classic 18-D at the Camp Nou, a game that is wrapped in a constant controversy for its claiming nature: “I am not worried. I think that making a protest act in a peaceful and serene way is compatible with a football game. I don't see any problem.”
Bartomeu believes that the game “in no case should be suspended, there is no reason” and said that “control of the stadium, within the stadium, is the club. The partner is free to display whatever he wants. No restrictions. Without insulting, you can show any symbolism in a civic and peaceful way. The partners will come to cheer and claim. We are in an exceptional moment in the history of Catalonia. Everything is compatible. “