During the official presentation of Sergio Aguero, the first signing of Joan Laporta’s second presidential tenure at Barcelona, the president and his fellow board members spoke out in high praise of their new addition from Manchester City, and also talked about coach Ronald Koeman
With talks still ongoing about the Dutch manager’s future, Laporta passingly indicated that the negotiations are progressing steadily and that there will be a decision on Koeman’s future soon, after evaluating his first season in charge.
Here is what was said during the announcement ceremony.
Laporta spoke first, welcoming the former Manchester City marksman: “Sergio, welcome to FC Barcelona. It makes us proud to have you here. You’ve always been a player that Barça have admired, because of your tremendous qualities. You have the style to fit in here. We’re excited.”
“He’s a desired player who wanted to come to Barça. We have signed a quality player. The fans will recognise how great of a player he is right from the beginning. “We wanted to finalize the signing before the Copa América because we didn’t want him to escape. He’s a very skilled striker, and there was a risk if we didn’t finalize his signing now,” he added
He then hinted towards further transfer activity, saying: “The signing of Agüero is because he’s an exceptional player. This is the first of one of the signings that you are going to learn about during this month of June.”
Laporta moved to the subject of Ronald Koeman next: “We have told Koeman that we were going to sign Kun Agüero and that is because any coach in the world would want to have Kun in his ranks.”
“With Koeman we have started a period of reflection to evaluate what has been done well and what has not been done so well. That period began and we are in constant contact,” continued the president.
“The contacts with Koeman continue. We will see how it develops, I can say that we are doing well,” Laporta concluded.
Vice president Rafael Yuste then spoke saying: “Ronald Koeman is very, very happy about the signing of Kun Agüero.”
He was followed by Mateu Alemany, the director of football, who appreciated the cooperation between Barcelona and Manchester City: “Both parties had the will to understand each other from the first moment. We proposed a contract highly based on variables, a sign that Kun wanted to come.”
Source: Barça TV+