Barça defines who follows and who is not in the club for next season. The captain and the coach, key points on the agenda.
While the players were affected by their respective teams thinking about the imminent double date of Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022 and in the continental competitions that will start this month, as well as others who were licensed after the end of the season, the Barcelona board of directors works in the hires, departures and fundamentally the continuity of two of his most important men: Lionel Messi and Ronald Koeman.
According to the last words of President Joan Laporta, who has a perfect relationship with both, the future of both would be directed at the culé institution. "The renewal of Leo does not depend on the audit. The talks are underway, and we hope they continue to make progress. At this time, we have more or less the result of the exercise under control. The audit will give us more data, but for this operation, we had already made a reservation. It's going well, but it's not done", warned the highest Blaugrana authority, who drew up an economic strategy so that La Pulga's stay there would not be in danger.
The signing of Kun Agüero was a nod to the squad captain, taking into account the friendship they have had since they played in the Argentine youth teams: "We are all excited that they play together. It's not a money issue on Leo's part. For our part, we know the framework of possibilities that we have. We appreciate your understanding. Leo is in a period of reflection that wants to become a competitive team and win titles. Still, none of the signings that are made are based on these negotiations. And he added: "We know that Leo wants to stay. "
For now, Messi is in Argentina with his headset on next Thursday's match against Chile for the South American Qualifiers. Agüero landed in Buenos Aires to join the group led by Lionel Scaloni and avoided giving details about his friend's wish: "First he has to fix. How am I going to insist? He is already great. Your representative and the club will be watching. We talk, but I can't say anything. It is secret".
Laporta did not give definitive dates to put the negotiations on point (the contract on the 10th expires on 6/30). Still, he was willing to sign: "The sooner, the better because somehow any doubts that may exist dissipate and help us to go building the team faster. There is the Eurocup; we don't know what will happen to America's Cup. Nor do we rush one part and the other. The relationship is perfect, and the desire is all, on both sides".
During the presentation of the latest signing, Eric García, the Catalan leader, hinted that the Dutch coach would continue to lead the team: "We are in talks and a period of reflection. We cannot radiate the criteria that we want to unify. I feel very comfortable with him, and I hope he does too. There were only a few points that I wanted to make, and we are working on that. We wait for the talks to end and for everything to be for the good of Barça".
Even Laporta made a comment that took for granted the desire to continue with Koeman on the bench: "With him, this will improve both the team and the criteria so that what happened to us last season does not happen to us. The conversations are going very well".