|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 07 01 When Antoine Griezmann’s named was called out by the stadium announcer ahead of Atletico Madrid’s must-win Liga visit to Barcelona in April, the Camp Nou crowd responded with boos. Once the action got under way, the forward’s every touch was whistled. Then, when he went to take a corner early in the second half, the north stand really made their feelings towards him known, unanimously bellowing: ‘Griezmann, you bast*rd, get out of Camp Nou!’. All we were missing was a pig’s head. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was hit hardest by Griezmann’s U-turn; the World Cup winner was meant to be his stellar summer signing. Instead, he was left embarrassed, weakened, by the whole affair. Bartomeu is the sole driving force behind the deal, which has been greeted with bemusement by some fans, and outrage by others
2019 07 04 Retrieve
[Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre has resigned amid reports he is unhappy about the apparently imminent dismissal of sporting director Pep Segura] Jordi Mestre, until today the vice president responsible for sports at the club, presented his irrevocable resignation this afternoon. Jordi Mestre wishes to thank the trust placed in him by the presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu, and the opportunity and honour of having served and defended the interests of FC Barcelona.
: 2019 07 04b Vice-president Jordi Mestre has stepped down from his role, leaving Josep Bartomeu as the main engine behind the pursuit of Neymar. The upheaval behind the scenes at Barcelona has added a new chapter with yet another boardroom exit - but it can confirm that will not affect Neymar’s status as the club’s top transfer target this summer. Of the group of directors that engineered the Brazilian’s controversial, murky arrival back in 2013, president Josep Maria Bartomeu is now the sole survivor. Jordi Mestre, Bartomeu’s vice, has resigned from his post, a further sign of the internal battles that have afflicted Camp Nou over the last four years
2019 07 05 Retrieve
[Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted defeat in his club’s efforts to re-sign Neymar despite claiming the player is keen to leave Paris Saint-Germain] We know that [Neymar] wants to leave PSG, we know that, but we also know PSG do not want him to go. There is no way. Do we want him to come? We don’t talk about players from other teams, we have the maximum respect as an institution. There is nothing we can do. [Dembele] is a young talented player, different from the rest in the football world. He is already a football star, he has a future and we want him at Barca.
I heard that from the press, but Messi does not ask for players. He wants to play, he wants a good, competitive team, but the decisions are always down to club officials
[While Bartomeu struck a negative tone while referring to Neymar, he was rather more optimistic with regards to Griezmann] Yesterday there was a meeting between Oscar Grau and Miguel Angel Gil and they talked about the [Griezmann] subject. I cannot say any more. That can happen, [with] Therry Henry, David Villa, Cesc Fabregas… I am not concerned. The situation is different from one year to another. That doesn’t mean he’ll come. There is interest, yes. Whether he comes or not is another matter
2019 07 05b Retrieve
[Atletico Madrid have hit back at Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu with a scathing statement registering the club’s ‘disgust’ at how the Catalans and Antoine Griezmann have conducted themselves] On May 14 Antoine Griezmann told Miguel Angel Gil, Diego Simeone and Andrea Berta of his decision to leave the club at the end of the season. In the days following that meeting Atletico were made aware that Barcelona and the player had reached a deal back in March, just after the second leg of our Champions League game against Juventus, and that they had been negotiating the terms of the deal since mid-February.
With regards to President Bartomeu’s declarations today, we want to make clear that it is true a meeting took place yesterday between Miguel Angel Gil and Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau, at Barcelona’s request; and that in said meeting Mr Grau made known his intention to, once the release clause in Antoine Griezmann’s contract has been modified from €200 to €120 million, ask for a delay in the payment of the above amount in the clause, valid from July 1.
Obviously Atletico Madrid’s answer was negative, understanding that both Barcelona and the player have disrespected Atletico Madrid and all their fans. As a consequence, today Atletico Madid have ordered the player, his sister in her capacity as his agent and his lawyer, that Antoine Griezmann must present himself on Sunday at the club to begin pre-season with the rest of his team-mates, in compliance with his contractual obligations. By way of this statement Atletico Madrid wish to express their deepest disgust at the behaviour of both parties, especially Barcelona, for having induced a player to break his contract with Atletico Madrid at a point in the season where the club was fighting not just for the Champions League against Juventus, but also La Liga itself against none other than Barcelona, something that we consider contravenes the established negotiation periods with players and distorts the basic rules that ensure the integrity of all sporting competition, as well as causing enormous damage to our club and our millions of fans
2019 07 06 Retrieve
[Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu claims he knows where Matthijs de Ligt’s future is, but remains unable to reveal it publicly] I have known where De Ligt will play [next season] for a long time. I still know but I cannot say anything else
2019 07 06b Retrieve
[Victor Valdes’ standing as a club legend at Barcelona is safely secured, and he is preparing to head back to Camp Nou] I spoke with Victor a few days ago on the phone and he said ‘Presi, don’t you think it’s time for me to come back to Barcelona?’. I have followed him [during] this successful year, he’s done very well as a head coach. I said to him that he should leave me for a few days to see what we can offer, and we’ll see him [in person]. I am delighted that he will be returning
2019 07 07 Retrieve
[Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said this week that Neymar wants to leave France but PSG will not sell him] We know that [Neymar] wants to leave PSG, we know that, but we also know PSG do not want him to go. There is no way. Do we want him to come? We don’t talk about players from other teams, we have the maximum respect as an institution. There is nothing we can do
2019 07 08 Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu appeared to admit defeat in the club’s attempts to re-sign Neymar] We know that [Neymar] wants to leave PSG, we know that, but we also know PSG do not want him to go. There is no way
2019 07 14 Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu says Atletico Madrid have no proof to back up their claims Barcelona had an agreement in place with Antoine Griezmann as early as March] I have spoken to them, but I do not think there is any proof, because there is no evidence of anything. I understand everyone defends their interests and I’ve spoken to Enrique Cerezo [Atletico president], but I don’t see that the case can evolve in a positive way for them. There’s nothing. We contacted Griezmann after he made the video saying goodbye to the fans, there was nothing in March
2019 07 14b Retrieve
[Josep Maria Bartomeu says Atletico Madrid have no proof to back up their claims Barcelona had an agreement in place with Antoine Griezmann as early as March. Cerezo, however, has claimed that Atletico do have evidence of wrongdoing] If the club have made this statement it’s because there’s evidence. We have to study it and we’ll demand the amount we consider to be necessary
2019 07 16 Retrieve
[Atletico Madrid believe the agreement has been in place since March, and made clear their disgust with both Barcelona and Griezmann. Barcelona are confident there is no evidence of such an agreement taking place. Josep Maria Bartomeu says] We contacted Griezmann after he made the video saying goodbye to the fans, there was nothing in March
2019 07 26 Retrieve
[Despite the intervention of the RFEF, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu continued to insist La Liga must hold fixtures abroad in future] If we want La Liga to be strong, we are to play in these games. At Barca we have sometimes been talking to La Liga and have been telling them that if you want to promote La Liga more and more, then we should have three games of the year outside – one in America, one in the Middle East and one in Asia
2019 07 27 Retrieve
[Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admits the club are planning for the post-Messi era in their move for Antoine Griezmann] Griezmann is one of the five or six best players in the world. We already knew that. The possibility arose to bring him in and we had no doubts about it. We must also think about the post-Messi era and we must try to make a future with the best players possible
[Bartomeu is, however, reluctant to discuss a long-running saga in public. He added on the Neymar rumours] In the summer I read newspapers a lot and they say a lot of things. Here the only thing clear is that Neymar is a PSG player and we respect PSG a lot. In this case there is not much more to say
2019 08 02 Retrieve
[Barcelona also appeared to have tapped up Luis Suarez in 2014 while the Uruguay international was at Liverpool] When we approached Suarez, it was before the World Cup. We told him that he was the right age. He had the experience. He was playing incredibly well at Liverpool and it was the right time for him to come to our club, to Barcelona. And we have the advantage - his agent is Pep Guardiola’s brother. He’s from Barca in his heart, also, so everything was perfect and created the perfect atmosphere that Luis Suarez accepted
2019 08 04 Retrieve
[Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says more signings are anticipated before the close of the La Liga transfer window as speculation over a bid for Neymar continues] We have a stronger squad, with more potential. There are still several weeks left for the market to close and we could have more incomings. [The challenge] is to continue the best era of success in the history of Barca. We have an ambitious and incredible squad, led by the best player in the world and in history, Leo Messi.
2019 08 09 Retrieve
[Barcelona have announced a partnership with Sony Music to create music and sport entertainment experiences for fans] We are very proud to be joining forces with Sony Music, one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world. With this initial collaboration agreement we intend to improve the fan experience for our supporters through musical content and innovative audiovisual materials
2019 08 27 Retrieve
[Jose Maria Bartomeu was certainly always quick to give Ousmane Dembele his backing, even claiming earlier this year that Barca had no interest in re-signing Neymar as he was an inferior player] Ousmane is a young guy who arrived at a huge club and that’s not easy. But he has adapted and he is much better than Neymar
2019 09 05 Retrieve
[Bartomeu confirmed in February that they are still trying to persuade him to commit to the club for even longer] Messi’s contract is up in two years but, given how he is playing, we will have him for many more years. Leo is intelligent, he knows how to measure things. If he feels good, he will tell us. When he decides, we will renew his deal. Messi is the best player in history
2019 09 06 Retrieve
[Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has aired his desire to get Lionel Messi tied down on another agreement] We want him to have a really long career so we can keep on enjoying him. Lionel’s managed to break down borders. Everyone admires him and he’s applauded at other stadiums by rival fans. We would like to renew his contract, that’s the idea. He is young - you can see that [in his performances] - and he still has two years on his deal. He’s always improving, always innovating. I believe he still has many years in front of him and in the coming months we will sit down with him so that he has many more years at Barcelona. Messi is a one-club man. It’s more than what he does on the pitch - his relationship with Barca will last forever. I use the example of Pele, who was always at Santos. We want Messi to always be at Barca, whether that’s playing or linked to the club [when he’s retired]
2019 09 06b Retrieve
[Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the La Liga champions won’t be making a renewed move for Neymar in the January transfer window] Neymar can’t join Barca in January, and the Barca dressing room doesn’t decide anything. We did everything possible to sign Neymar. We didn’t offer any specific player in exchange. We did talk about exchanges but all the names were given by PSG. Without an exchange of players, the offer was to loan Neymar for a year with a mandatory purchase option at the end of the season. I know other clubs were also negotiating with PSG. At one point during the negotiations, Neymar asked PSG to only negotiate with Barca. He decided only to join Barca. Neymar did what he had to do, he told his club about his decision, he did everything possible, but this year he will play at PSG
[He also dismissed claims that the team hadn’t wanted the club to sign Antoine Griezmann, but admitted that defender Matthijs de Ligt had turned the club down before signing for Juventus] Messi didn’t ask me to sign Neymar. It was an opportunity in the market because he is a great player, and the board agreed to see what we could do to bring him back. The dressing room does not have a say on transfers, and they did not veto Griezmann.
2019 09 06c Retrieve
[Barca president Bartomeu confirms Messi exit clause] Messi signed until 2021. It was agreed that at the end of the penultimate season he is at liberty to leave for free. He has earned that freedom to decide his future, but he is very Cule and I am calm. Xavi, Iniesta and Puyol had the same clause. We couldn’t give Messi a different clause, but I repeat, I am in no doubt he will stay for many years
2019 09 09 Retrieve
[Barcelona set for civil war? How failed Neymar transfer risks splitting dressing room in two. Bartomeu stressed over the weekend that his intention really was to try and sign Neymar, denying claims that he offered players in part-exchange] An ‘extra’ became available at one moment of the summer. We heard Neymar wanted to leave PSG and there was a moment when Leonardo opened the door to negotiations - for other clubs too. We didn’t arrive at a deal because we could not match PSG’s demands. Barca never put names on the table, they are players that PSG put there. We could not match their demands
2019 09 24 Retrieve
[Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu talks about Neymar transfer] During the negotiations, when the new demands of PSG appeared, we said that they were unassailable. We decided to stop the conversations. He would have been an extra for the squad
2019 10 06 Retrieve
[Bartomeu plans Barcelona renovation after tough start to season] We have to continue renovating the squad to continue with this natural evolution with talent from both home and abroad. We are sure this will be a winning generation. I want to say that things are going well. It’s a fact - we are the club that has the most revenue generated in the world of sport. It should be remembered that on September 19, the club presented budgets that contemplated more than one billion euros in revenue
[Bartomeu pointed out the Catalan giants have overtaken their closest rivals in terms of major honours won over the past 15 years] Since 2004, Barcelona have never stopped to go for glory. We have changed coaches, players, managers, and bosses, but Barca never stopped winning. We have won 34 titles in the last 15 years. We are on top of the rankings compared to all European teams
[Bartomeu, whose presidency runs through until 2021, also confirmed renovation work on Camp Nou] We are waiting for the necessary licenses to start the renovation of the Camp Nou stadium. Summer 2020 will be the first summer out of the four which we will need to finish our new stadium
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