Barcelona Discussed Lautaro’s move too
Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that Quique Setien should be Barcelona‘s coach for next season.
The Blaugrana president also dismissed rumours that linked Xavi Hernandez with the coach’s role, but stressed that he maintains a good relationship with the current Al Sadd tactician.
“Xavi is a player with whom I have an excellent relationship,” he told Mundo Deportivo.
“But Quique Setien currently has a contract with Barcelona and still has a contract for next year.
“We have always said that Quique Setien is our coach and he will guide us in this Champions League, which is our great hope.
“Napoli is the first step, and then he’ll continue in the following season.”
Lionel Messi has reportedly halted talks about his contract renewal, but Bartomeu is confident that the Barcelona captain will continue at the club for many years.
“Messi has said it many times,” he added.
“He has said that he will retire at Barcelona, at the club of his life.
“And I have no doubt that Messi will play much further than 2021, which is when his contract ends.”
Neymar and Lautaro Martinez have both been linked with a move to Barcelona, but Bartomeu pointed out that swap deals are the only way the club can sign a player for the time being.
“I have said before that the coronavirus pandemic has affected many projects and strategies,” he noted.
“If players do not come on a swap deal, it is almost impossible for the club to sign players.
“We have spoken with Inter, quite a few weeks ago.
“Currently there is no open conversation, the topic is halted.”