The president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, makes an official appearance for the first time since he won the elections last March. Barça ended the season with only one title, the Copa del Rey, but with the future of Lionel Messi in the air (his contract ends on June 30 and he has not yet renewed), without the continuity of Ronald Koeman assured and with a very delicate economic situation, which compromises the sports project of the first team. With this scenario on the horizon, the maximum Barça president did not avoid any hot topic. And it started with what could be good news, the most anticipated news for Barcelona fans since Messi declared in August last summer that he wanted to leave. Laporta is outlining the offer he will make to the Argentine and he feels confident. “It is a moderate optimism,” he said. And so he expressed it this Friday.
“The new contract with Messi is going well. It’s going well, but it’s not done yet. We have to keep working. From the presidency we are working on a proposal that within the possibilities of the club can please the player. We are doing everything possible so that Messi continues at Barça ”. In addition, Laporta warned that there will be important changes in the squad. “What cannot happen is what we have seen happening in recent years. And it is that it is lost and that nothing happens. My boardmates and I think that losing should have consequences. The squad has to be improved. Next week we will announce new additions to the first team ”.
Regarding the future of the Dutch coach, the president was somewhat more ambiguous: “Ronald has a contract. It is one year older. That gives him the peace of mind that he doesn’t have to rush into anything depending on the decision we make. I’ve already told him what I had to say. And I was very clear. The first to know our decision will be him. And he added: “Ronald is a good coach and gives the profile, but we need this period of reflection to unify criteria.”