FC Barcelona – La Liga The view of the presidential candidate
As the Barcelona presidential elections draw nearer, the pre-candidates are explaining their proposals and outlining their visions for the club. For Lluis Fernandez, he wants young players in the squad but also understands the value of keeping Lionel Messi.
As Fernandez has stated, Messi brings in money to the club as well as earning a significant salary.
“We can’t forget that Barcelona have a greater income because of Messi,” he told Radio MARCA.
“Barcelona would have less value without Messi.
“He is the only player in the squad who, by his mere presence, ensures Barcelona have more value and more income.
“We need income, but we also need to manage the club’s structure. There’s a need to negotiate the debt.
“But, there’s no danger of Barcelona being forced to become a limited company. The members can rest assured about that.”
As well as discussing Messi, Fernandez was asked about his plans for who the Barcelona coach should be.
“We agree that Ronald Koeman should be given a chance,” he said.
“We need to speak with him because there’s a need to give opportunities to the players from the academy.
“No starter has come out of La Masia since 2011, when Sergi Roberto did so.
“So, there’s a need to speak to Koeman about this and about giving opportunities.
“From next year, we need to promote young players as we won’t be able to sign as much and we’ll need to reduce the wage bill.”
The pre-candidate went on to give a more general explanation of his candidacy.
“There’s a need for real change and for a new proposal,” he said.
“We need a candidate who knows how to manage well with professionalism and passion.
“What people like about our candidacy is that we’re not continuity candidates, we’re independent and bring new faces.”