Barcelona president Joan Laporta took part in a press conference earlier today after the presentation of newly-signed Eric Garcia. It has been a particularly exciting few days for Culés as Sergio Agüero was officially announced yesterday too.
In addition to new faces on the pitch, there is also a lot of mystery surrounding Ronald Koeman’s continuity. Laporta commented, “This is one of those questions that I cannot fully answer, but the talks are going well. I see more chances of him staying than leaving.”
Given the club’s financial state and necessity to rebuild, Laporta said, “If there are new arrivals, there will have to be some departures as well. We have to balance the first team squad. You will see the decisions.”
Along the same lines, he added, “The technical secretary has been working on the possible departures from the beginning.”
Possibly the biggest story headed into the summer transfer window is whether Lionel Messi will stay with the Blaugrana. Recent reports claim the Argentine has signed a two-year extension, but nothing is finalized yet.
In response, Laporta said, “The talks for Messi’s contracts are not over yet. I am convinced that he wants to stay with us. He understands the economic situation of the club and he does not care about money. He wants a competitive team.