|Name||Josep Maria Bartomeu|
|Job||Chairman of Barcelona FC|
2015 02 04 Tweet
[Legendary ex-Bayern and Barcelona boss Udo Lattek dies] Udo Lattek has left us. Barca are in mourning for the man who coached our team at the start of the 1980s. May he rest in peace
2015 12 21 Retrieve
[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] I think in the whole life of our club, maybe in the whole of world football, we haven’t joined three players of this quality
2015 12 22 Retrieve
[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] We have Iniesta, Pique, Busquets who are all great players but to have been able to bring together three players like Messi, Neymar and Suarez is something unique. I have never seen players before of that quality that combine together so well. We have the best trident in the history of football for sure. When you see the players you see success but behind that is a lot of work and effort
2016 01 11 Retrieve
[on Cruyff] We [Barça] have had great players before, from the days of László Kubala and Luis Suárez. [Johan] Cruyff, as a player, made us relevant again and as a manager he put us on the map with the European Cup win in 1992. Ronaldinho made us global and Messi has made us universal
2016 12 24 Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu remains confident that Lionel Messi will see out his career with Barcelona FC] We would like him to end his career as a Barca player. We think he will stay at the club for the rest of his career. Leo Messi and Barca go together. He is the best player, we are the best club. I think he is convinced he is in the best team. I think he’s convinced that he couldn’t be in a better place
2017 07 07 Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu talks about Barcelona intention to buy Marco Verratti] Clubs want to negotiate. Look at Verratti, for instance, a player we’re interested in signing, the coaches believe is good enough to play in Barca’s midfield. We know that the player would love to come to Barca but when you call PSG and you talk with the president, he says that he’s not for sale and there is no release clause
2017 07 08 Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu speaking after agreeing a new contract with Lionel Messi] Ronaldinho brought the smile and the magic, Andres Iniesta the balance and Leo the art and the genius. Ronnie started this change but the one who changed the tone of Barca is Lionel Messi. This is the age of Messi
2019 05 03 Retrieve
[Bartomeu says Messi will never leave Barcelona] Leo belongs to world football, but he has always lived at Barca. He will be a one-club man. Leo will never leave. He’ll stop playing, but he’ll always be with us
2019 05 04 Retrieve
[Talking about life after Lionel Messi, citing Dembele as one of their most important prospects] Sometimes I explain to members of the club and the board, what we are doing is bringing right now very young players to the club, young players that we think are very talented
2019 11 09 Retrieve
[Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has thrown his support behind Ousmane Dembele, stating that the club have ‘lots of trust’ in his talent] In the next two or three seasons our leader will continue to be Leo Messi. But it’s true that there are other young players who are coming through – players coming from abroad, but also players coming from our La Masia. We are very happy because we are preparing this post-Messi era. Messi’s contract finishes in 2021, but surely it will be the will of all parties involved – if he feels strong and still has the ambition – to extend his contract indefinitely. I always make a comparison with Pele. Pele was a man of a single club… I have no doubts that after Messi finishes his career as a footballer he will remain linked to this club for the rest of his life.
[Bartomeu insists that Ousmane Dembele has the full backing of the club as they strive to get the best out of a man who could go some way to filling a Messi-shaped hole in the future] Arriving at Barca and triumphing isn’t easy. Coutinho’s adaptation wasn’t so easy – he is a world-class star but we opted for a loan to Bayern Munich this year. Ousmane has had bad luck with injuries but we have lots of trust in his talent
2019 11 11 Retrieve
[Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi could end up staying at the club for another five years] Surely it will be the wish of all parties, if he [Messi] feels strong and ambitious, to extend this contract indefinitely. Ultimately it is he who must decide. He has earned the right to decide when he will stop playing football. But like he said a few weeks ago, he wants to finish his playing career at Barcelona. Over the next two or three seasons, our leader will continue to be Leo Messi. There’s no doubt that he is still young, still strong. He is still ambitious. So Leo Messi will still play with us for the next two, three, four or five years. I have no doubts about that
[Bartomeu is certain the Argentine’s connection with Barcelona will last forever] I have no doubt that after Messi finishes his career as a footballer, he will remain linked to this club for the rest of his life. Firstly because he is the best player in the history of football and this is where he played. I doubt that anybody else will be able to match his achievements or his records. Or his talent, leadership and the supremacy he has in the world of football. So he will continue to be linked to Barca for life. Without a doubt
2019 11 30 Retrieve
[Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has no doubt Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all-time] Without a doubt Leo Messi is the best player in football history, he has made a huge mark on the world of football. There is no club in the world that has had as much success as Barca, with a player that has won six Golden Boots or has five Ballon d’Or awards. He is a different player, who changes the dynamics of a game and creates incredible moments. It has helped us to be more global and, compared to other times, has created a very strong era and we will be transformed by this era of the team and Messi
2019 12 01 Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu said he has no doubt that Messi is the greatest player of all time] Without a doubt Leo Messi is the best player in football history, he has made a huge mark on the world of football. There is no club in the world that has had as much success as Barca, with a player that has won six Golden Boots or has five Ballon d’Or awards
2019 12 02 Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu on messi’s winning of Ballon d’Or] He is the greatest player of all time, in the history of football. It’s clear for us and Barca. I hope it will not be his last Ballon d’Or. He is still young. He can play many more years with us
The Ballon d’Or once again goes to the greatest player of all time. Football and Barça celebrate another wonderful achievement. Congratulations Leo!
2019 12 07 Retrieve
[Barcelona hoping for Messi contract extension as Bartomeu admits retirement talk worries him] I am worried about the day Messi retires. I would like him to sign another contract. (His current deal) ends in 2021. He still has time ahead of him, we’ve spoken many times about it. He doesn’t have any problem with continuing at Barca. I have no doubt that he will play here until he retires, that he’s committed to the club. There are no doubts about him ending his career here and ending it when he wants. We will give him as many contracts as he wants, I hope he can sign one more with me as president
Hopefully, he’s got a while yet. He’s 32, he has time ahead of him. In addition, we have young talent from La Masia. Ansu Fati has renewed his deal, but there’s also (Carles) Alena, Frenkie de Jong’s just signed, (Marc-Andre) Ter Stegen, Ousmane Dembele. We have to prepare for the future with the younger players. The day that Messi leaves, the game will be different
[Bartomeu added on a man who has led Barca to back-to-back league titles and is currently chasing down a hat-trick] He has a deal until 2021 but in spring there’s an option where he can decide if he wants to continue or not. All coaches have had it. In his contract, he can decide or we can. Continuing depends on many variables. Rijkaard was five years here, Guardiola four, Luis Enrique three
[Quizzed on whether Ernesto Valverde is showing signs of exhaustion] No way, he’s motivated still. I want success, for things to go well this season and above all to link this generation which has won everything with the new one coming through that wants to win everything
2019 12 09 Retrieve
[Lifetime contract on offer to Messi at Camp Nou] Before my mandate’s over, I would like to give him a lifetime contract as we did with Andres Iniesta. He’s earned the right to decide when to say that’s enough. The only hope that Italians, Brits and fans from other countries have of seeing him up close is to wait until Barca visit. As a footballer, Messi is the No.1 and we will fully understand that in the years to come because Leo’s not just changed Barca’s history, he’s changed football’s history
[Bartomeu has been eager to state his willingness to enter into contract talks with Messi on a regular basis over recent weeks] I am worried about the day Messi retires. I would like him to sign another contract. (His current deal) ends in 2021. He still has time ahead of him, we’ve spoken many times about it. He doesn’t have any problem with continuing at Barca. I have no doubt that he will play here until he retires, that he’s committed to the club. There are no doubts about him ending his career here and ending it when he wants. We will give him as many contracts as he wants, I hope he can sign one more with me as president
2019 12 09b Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu refuses to rule out another return to his roots for Guardiola] It doesn’t depend on me. It was Pep who decided to leave, but the door will always be open for him at Barca
[Bartomeu is not expecting Valverde’s ranks to be bolstered in the January transfer window] We don’t expect much movement (in January). We have a balanced team, we don’t need anything, but we can’t afford to lose anyone either
[When quizzed on Lautaro Martinez] That’s a trick question! The only thing I can say is that Inter are playing really well and he’s not the only one who’s impressed me. It’s no coincidence they’re top of Serie A
2019 12 10 Retrieve
[Barcelona to get a glimpse of their bleak Messi-less future] I am worried about the day Messi retires. We are prepared for the post-Messi era
2020 01 14 Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu outlines his goals for Barcelona under Quique Setien, and hopes his decision to part with Ernesto Valverde will result in a treble this season] The dynamic of the team could be improved. We are in the next round of the Champions League and the Copa is getting started but we felt the dynamic could be improved. We spoke about this many times with Valverde, very openly with him and we have always been very close to Ernesto Valverde with a good relationship and have always spoken about what could be improved. With this momentum and with this new dynamic we aspire to win La Liga, the Champions League and the cup
[Bartomeu admitted Barca had spoken to other coaches but insisted the repeated links had not come from the club themselves] Over the last weeks and months we have talked with other coaches to discuss the future. It is our obligation. We spoke to other coaches but we did not publish this information
We all know Setien is a huge fan of Johan Cruyff’s style and we share the same objectives
2020 01 16 Retrieve
[Bartomeu after Xavi rejected an offer from the club to succeed Ernesto Valverde as head coach] Xavi will be the coach of Barca one day, I have no doubt. He is very capable, he’s a person that perfectly understands our football, he’s hugely keen to do it and one day he will
2020 01 16b Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu says Xavi will be Barcelona coach one day] The door is open to many coaches, but now we have a manager, Quique Setien. He’s signed for two-and-a-half years and I’ve explained the break clause in 2021 due to elections. If a new president wants to change the manager, they can. But, clearly, Xavi will be the coach of Barça one day, I have no doubt. He is very capable, he’s a person that perfectly understands our football, he’s hugely keen to do it and one day he will. But now it’s Quique Setien and I think and I hope it goes really well because he’s arrived full of motivation and he’s said he will follow our philosophy and style of play.
There will be variations, of course, he will have his nuances, but I think with the players and talent we have, plus Quique Setien, it will go really well. However, I also want to say that Ernesto Valverde’s done a magnificent job. We’re grateful for the success and the trophies, his way of being, his talent, his professionalism and above all his intelligence. He’s left many good things at the club but it was the moment to give a new impulse to the team
2020 01 28 Retrieve
[Bartomeu confirms Barcelona considering swoop for Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno] We don’t talk about players from other teams. But [Rodrigo’s] name is on the table of the coaches. And a replacement will arrive. I do not know whether it will be from Barcelona B or from outside [the club]. I like many players.
He will be done with Barcelona when he wants. His relationship with Barcelona is forever. He has plenty more football to play here. Leo Messi will be around for a while
I’m not worried. We are working and trying hard. It’s all to play for, both La Liga and the Champions League. We Barcelona fans worry about our team. We have just lost but the Copa del Rey tie against Leganes is approaching, and then La Liga. This doesn’t stop. We have a new coach in Setien and we are confident in what he is doing
2020 02 07 Retrieve
[A 1-0 defeat to Athletic saw Barcelona knocked out of the Copa in the quarter-finals] The first thing is to congratulate Athletic, who will be in the semi-finals, but I also thank the Barca fans who have come and I also congratulate the Barca players because they fought, dominated and played well. [Athletic] have only had one chance and they scored
The ambition and the attitude that I saw on the pitch encourages me with a view to La Liga and the Champions League, so successes can come. I repeat that we had clear occasions, such as those of Griezmann and Messi, and we dominated. Now we focus on La Liga and the Champions League, but I want to emphasise the ambition, the attitude and the work done. We deserved to go through
2020 02 07b Retrieve
[Barcelona president Josip Maria Bartomeu has backed new head coach Quique Setien to be a success for the club] We had clear chances and played well. We created a lot and I want to congratulate the players for how they played. They showed ambition and motivation. Athletic had one shot on goal at the end and won the game. We deserved to go through, but it wasn’t possible. I reiterate that I liked the ambition shown by the team on the pitch, because it’s a tough place to come and the home fans are on top of you. Now we have La Liga and the Champions League to focus on. Playing like that, I am sure success will follow
Taking into account what has happened to us in other games from home, we have taken a step forward in terms of what we have to improve. It is the same as ever; there are days when you have one chance and put it in, and there are days where you have ten and can’t do it. There isn’t a reasonable explanation. I have never known what to blame it on. Their goal came from a play that wasn’t dangerous. There are things that can’t be controlled and this is one of them. Everything went well, except for the result. I am happy with the team’s work
2020 02 14 Retrieve
[Bartomeu has cooled talk of mass Barca expansion into the esports sector by specifically ruling out games that incorporate violence] We have teams in Asia that compete with the colours of Barca but because of our values we don’t want to participate in violent games, which are 80 per cent
2020 02 18 Retrieve
[Bartomeu vehemently denies hiring social media company to discredit Barcelona stars] I want to make clear, for the [Barca] members, and everyone, because I have heard different versions. First of all, I have to say that Barcelona haven’t hired any service to discredit anyone. Neither players, nor the executives, ex-presidents. That is totally false. So we will defend ourselves where necessary regarding this subject, by all means, and in front of anyone who accuses us of doing this. I repeat again, it is false that Barcelona, in any case, has hired anyone to discredit people.
It is true that at the end of 2017, Barcelona hired a service to monitor different areas of the club on social media, as the majority of the clubs have. After the confirmation that one of the accounts linked to one of this company’s suppliers have made inappropriate commentaries about people related to our organisation, I have given instructions personally to terminate the contract with this company
I want to make something clear. Regarding the question: ‘Have we ordered anyone to monitor social media?’, the answer is yes - and we will still do it. It is the responsibility of this club to know what is going on and what is being said around the world, always to preserve Barcelona. Regarding the question: ‘Have we given orders to discredit people or institutions through social media?’, the answer is no and we will persecute everyone who accuses us of it
2020 02 19 Retrieve
[Bartomeu congratulated UEFA for their ruling following the Manchester City announcement while stating his support of FFP rules] It is a club in which there are traditions, owned by 144,000 members, and it is a club in which democratic principles and freedom of expression are held deep within. It is a club run with rigour, always. In this regard, we thank UEFA, who in recent years has been so sure to follow up on Financial Fair Play. At Barca, we have been following it and we have regular investigations or we have meetings at UEFA to explain how we are doing it. From here we want to support UEFA for all the good it does in football
2020 02 20 Retrieve
[Barca president Bartomeu admits Martin Braithwaite transfer unfair on Leganes] We have paid the clause following the regulations, although we believe that it should be revised because it is not fair that Leganes cannot now sign anyone. After analysing different players, we chose Martin. We believe it will help us win the two remaining titles.
I am very excited about the arrival of a new player and we hope he will help us in a league that we want to win and that is very open. He will give us strength. We had a long-term injured player like Dembele, in addition to Luis Suarez. The technical team has studied players and we hope Braithwaite can debut quickly. He has signed for the next four and a half years and comes to help now and for the future
2020 03 11 Retrieve
[Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted last week that he is confident they can convince Lionel Messi to play out the remainder of his career at Camp Nou] Messi is the best player in the world. There’s no need to explain anything - I have done so many times in the past. Messi will continue at Barca and Messi will retire at Barca. I don’t have the belief that he’s feeling alone. I know many people have said that, but I don’t think it’s the case
2020 03 31 Retrieve
[Barcelona president Bartomeu says Messi never rejected wage cuts] Messi told me from day one that this reduction had to be made. This proposal came from the captains. It is a gesture that demonstrates their commitment to the club.
Perhaps [the players] have been frustrated by things said by people inside and outside the club, who do not have all the information. But the negotiations were carried out only by Oscar Grau and me and we have not said anything
2020 04 11 Retrieve
[Spanish radio network Cadena SER claimed that an independent social media company had been contracted by Barca to boost the public profile of the Barca president and his board members] First of all, I have to say that Barcelona haven’t hired any service to discredit anyone. Neither players, nor the executives, ex-presidents. That is totally false.
So, we will defend ourselves where necessary regarding this subject, by all means, and in front of anyone who accuses us of doing this. I repeat again, it is false that Barcelona, in any case, has hired anyone to discredit people.
It is true that at the end of 2017, Barcelona hired a service to monitor different areas of the club on social media, as the majority of the clubs have.
After the confirmation that one of the accounts linked to one of this company’s suppliers have made inappropriate commentaries about people related to our organisation, I have given instructions personally to terminate the contract with this company.
I want to make something clear. Regarding the question: ‘Have we ordered anyone to monitor social media?’, the answer is yes – and we will still do it.
It is the responsibility of this club to know what is going on and what is being said around the world, always to preserve Barcelona.
Regarding the question: ‘Have we given orders to discredit people or institutions through social media?’, the answer is no and we will persecute everyone who accuses us of it
2020 05 24 Retrieve
[club president Josep Maria Bartomeu was insisting a deal had been agreed despite the fact that it had not been signed - Barca had admitted that Messi’s new salary would take their wage spending above what is generally recommended by UEFA] The LFP and UEFA make recommendations but nobody sets a salary cap. We are above what is recommended but the important thing is to be sustainable. We can afford it
2020 06 01 Retrieve
[Messi won’t leave Barcelona in the summer as Argentine superstar decides not to activate exit clause] Surely it will be the wish of all parties, if he feels strong and ambitious, to extend this contract indefinitely. Ultimately it is he who must decide. He has earned the right to decide when he will stop playing football. But he wants to finish his playing career at Barcelona. Over the next two or three seasons our leader will continue to be Leo Messi. There’s no doubt that he is still young, still strong. He is still ambitious. So Leo Messi will still play with us for the next two, three, four or five years. I have no doubts about that