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Name Jordi Mestre
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2020 02 12 Retrieve

[Jordi Mestre said Neymar can forget about birthday parties in Brazil if the Paris Saint-Germain star returns to Camp Nou] The players asked for him, but didn’t pressure the club. I came off badly in that. If he had come back and the club had benefitted because of it, I wouldn’t have a problem with that. I’m not that proud. On sporting terms he could come back but on a series of conditions. Firstly, PSG have to agree, then he would have to withdraw his lawsuit and acknowledge that he was in the wrong and after that, all the birthday parties in Brazil would have to stop. There were players from the first team squad who were at a wedding with him but had no idea that he wanted to leave

I felt I’d been fighting an uphill battle for some time. I had a different ideas about things to other board members but it wasn’t important. I realised that I was the only one who thought in a certain way. The football committee which comprised [Josep Maria] Bartomeu, [Javier] Bordas, [Jaume] Elias and [Xavier] Vilajoana were not in agreement with me or with Pep Segura in his role as general manager. I was the only one who defended him and I felt alone

You have to recognise the merits of everything they have achieved in recent years. The least they deserve is some respect and gratitude but you also have to be aware that nothing lasts forever. We are going through a transition and so you have to give people time and be patient

2020 02 12b Retrieve

[Jordi Mestre has revealed that the club has attempted to sign both Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata in recent years] There was insistent talk of signing Courtois, but they finally brought in [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen at the discretion of Zubizarreta

Following the opinion of the players, bringing Morata would have created a possible conflict in the locker room. He would have liked to play and not be a substitute. There were two issues with Morata - one concerned controlling the club’s budget which Pep Segura was in charge of and he was always extremely careful about not going over budget. Then there was the sporting side - Morata was an international and, therefore, not the kind of player who should be sat on the bench in every game. He didn’t want to be a substitute and the atmosphere within the squad was very good - if he had joined, it would have unsettled that but, as I say, it’s not the players who make those decisions

I felt I’d been fighting an uphill battle for some time. I had different ideas about things to other board members but it wasn’t important. I realised that I was the only one who thought in a certain way. The football committee which comprised Josep Maria Bartomeu, Javier Bordas, Silvio Elias, and Xavier Vilajoana were not in agreement with me or with Pep Segura in his role as general manager. I was the only one who defended him and I felt alone

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Camp Nou is in crisis, with threats of legal action hanging over a boardroom dispute that looks set to have serious ramifications on and off the field] It’s a divided board. I saw it before and that’s why I left. We didn’t all eat from the same plate. That was clear… I saw different sectors within the board which are irreconcilable, for me. It’s a serious thing

[Mestre also hit out at Rousaud for going public with his grievances] Dirty clothes should be washed at home, if you have problems and start to divulge them, you aren’t doing anyone a favour. Barca as an institution are not in crisis, but there are problems. As a Barca director you have to bear pressure, you have to take it on… Rousaud says that maybe Bartomeu is drunk on power but maybe it’s the reverse and it’s him who is drunk on power