During a press conference organized this Friday morning, Joan Laporta took stock of the FC Barcelona season. While also mentioning the news of the Catalan club for next season, with the potential extension of Lionel Messi, “on track”, or the future of Ronald Koeman at the head of the club.
President of FC Barcelona since last March, Joan Laporta appeared before journalists this Friday morning, to take stock of the season. The occasion also for the strong man of the Catalan club to give more information on the subjects which animate these last days the news of the club.
“The relationship with Messi is good”
First of all, the extension of Lionel Messi, who will be free on July 1 to engage where he wishes, since he is at the end of his contract with his long-standing team. “For Messi’s extension, it looks good but it is not done. We must continue to work with all the people involved in this file. We will make a proposal which, within the possibilities of the club, will be up to the task. The relationship is good and we have the feeling that we are preparing whatever is necessary within the possibilities for Leo to continue. “
In recent days, the Catalan press has been talking about a two-season agreement for the extension of Lionel Messi, still top scorer in La Liga this season, at 33. The announcement of his extension could even be accompanied by the official arrival of his friend and compatriot, Sergio Agûero. “Next week, we will announce the arrival of new elements for the first team,” promised Laporta, probably referring to Sergio Agüero but also to Georginio Wijnaldum, both at the end of the contract and announced close to the Catalan club.
Decision ahead for Koeman
As to whether Ronald Koeman, at the end of his contract in June 2022, will still be the coach of the Blaugrana club next season, Joan Laporta could not give a precise answer. “We will meet Ronald Koeman next week,” said Laporta. “We have always acted with the utmost respect for Koeman, a club legend and a professional who does his job. We will assess our possibilities and work for the next season. “
After taking over a team in crisis, Ronald Koeman gave it a little boost, with a Copa del Rey won. But Barça experienced elimination against PSG from the knockout stages of the Champions League and cracked in the race for the title at the end of the season. “There is no transition season here,” warned Laporta, decided to restore the club to its former prestige with the success that goes with it.