FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has not yet given up on the dream of the Super League. In a TV interview he also talks about the future of Ousmane Dembélé and Barca’s plans.
While the discussions about the reform of the Champions League are not abating, the Super League also continues to be a topic that stirs the emotions.
Now Joan Laporta has made it clear in an interview with Spanish broadcaster TV3 that he wants to push ahead with the plans. “We are promoting the project with Florentino Perez, with whom I talk a lot,” said the FC Barcelona president.
He said he wanted to “save European football” in this way. “We cannot allow European football to be in the hands of states that are not part of the European Union. It is clear that City and PSG have a money machine and that is what we are fighting against,” he explained.
He also let slip that not only Real Madrid and Juventus Turin support the project, but also other teams who do not want to be named for the time being.
Barca president Laporta wants to win La Liga this season
The 59-year-old also spoke about his goals for the club. He wants to really attack this season. “I am convinced that we can win it. Even more, we will win it,” said the president.
“In the last half of the season we have become very strong. With a team that is working at full speed. With a coach who has clear ideas and makes us play our authentic football. We have regained our essence,” Laporta found.
That, however, is likely to be quite difficult. Barcelona are currently twelve points behind leaders Real with nine games to go. Although they have one game less than the Madrilenians, it will be no easy task for coach Xavi’s team, whom Laporta calls “the best decision of my tenure”.
Laporta does not want to take financial risks with transfers
Laporta also gave a little insight into his plans for the summer, which are quite promising. “I am very clear that the institution is above the players, coaches, directors and managers. We will not make any commitment that will change our salary system,” he said, describing his strategy.
However, he does not want to name names, otherwise he expects prices to rise. Nevertheless, he is open to a return of Messi. “If Leo wants to talk to me about a return to Barca, I would be happy,” explained the boss who was already in office from 2003 to 2010.
He also described the Catalans’ financial situation, which is anything but rosy at the moment. He is counting on the league contract, which the Catalans have actually rejected so far. “We are working on two more levers to turn the economic situation around. The goal is to make the economic situation healthy from 2023,” Laporta described.
The new sponsor Spotify also plays an important role in this. This deal is said to bring Barca $70 million a year. “It is the best sponsorship agreement Barcelona has signed in its history,” he claimed.