messi: Barcelona president Bartomeu wants to make peace with Messi | Football News
Bartomeu additionally mentioned he has no intention of resigning, regardless of a petition to oust him as president gathering greater than 20,000 signatures final week.
Messi has reintegrated with the group since admitting he had been pressured to remain at Barcelona and claiming Bartomeu had damaged his phrase over a clause in his contract permitting him to depart.
The 33-year-old might nonetheless depart free of charge when his contract expires subsequent summer season.
“As president I can’t enter into any battle with Messi,” Bartomeu mentioned on Saturday in an interview with Catalan tv channel TV3.
“Messi is our captain, the chief. We’ve got seen him in latest days and does his speaking on the sector as now we have seen. The problem is parked. What has been mentioned has been mentioned.
“I could not enable, like anybody on the board or teaching workers, to let the most effective participant on the planet go. The group wants him. Issues must be mentioned at house. You need to help the group and the gamers.
“We’ve got to congratulate ourselves that Messi continues to be with us. He’s enthusiastic about Koeman. The vital factor is he performs for Barca, at his house. We wish him to retire on the membership and to begin a undertaking with Messi.”
The chaos surrounding Messi’s future prompted a movement of censure in opposition to Bartomeu, who will face a vote of no confidence if greater than 16,520 of the 20,867 signatures in opposition to him are accepted.
A vote will then be held and if two thirds of voting members go in opposition to Bartomeu, he should step down, with an election held maybe as early as January.
“Proper now, no-one is contemplating resigning,” mentioned Bartomeu. “The membership isn’t going to cease. The board is shocked by the variety of signatures however we respect democracy and the membership’s legal guidelines.”
Bartomeu mentioned the membership are nonetheless making an attempt to clean up the squad earlier than the switch window closes on October 5 however admitted there are monetary constraints.
“Barca, like many golf equipment in Europe, has much less earnings,” mentioned Bartomeu. “We can not promote tickets, the museum is closed. We endure from a scarcity of assets and now we have to adapt.”
“In the intervening time there isn’t any house for brand spanking new gamers to reach if others don’t depart,” he added.