A Future Without Messi Scares Me – Former Barcelona Director Reacts
Having spent time at Camp Nou during the reign of Joan Laporta, a acquainted face to the Liga giants fears they are heading in the wrong direction.
Josep Maria Bartomeu is considered to be only worried with balancing the books at Barcelona , with former club director Albert Perrin saying the future at Camp Nou “scares me a lot”.
The reigning La Liga champions have continued to make investments closely in latest transfer windows.
There have, however, been notable departures as well – which includes the record €222 million (£200m/$249m) deal which took Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 .
A move to bring the Brazilian back to Catalunya has been mooted for a while, however finances are making an agreement difficult.
Perrin fears that will continue to be the case for the Blaugrana, blaming reluctance on part of the club’s board to roll the dice in the recruitment market.
He believes Bartomeu is extra involved with moving top talent on, permitting Barca to remain on an even keel, then speculating to accumulate.
If that stance is not relaxed, he feels, and rivals throughout Europe continue to splash the cash, then there is a very actual threat of the Spanish giants being left behind.
Perrin told Marca of Bartomeu’s regime, having previously spent time working alongside former president Joan Laporta: “He grew to become president without knowing why.
“The future of Barcelona scares me a lot.
“This board only know how to promote to make the bills work, they do not think about the sporting aspect of things.
“There are so many matters that they’ve performed badly at Barcelona.”
At some stage in the not too distant future, Barca are additionally going to have to start planning for life after Lionel Messi.
The mercurial Argentine forward is only 32 and remains tied to a deal at Camp Nou throughout to 2021.
He is, however, yet to commit to fresh terms and has an exit clause in his current contract that will enable him to head somewhere else at the end of the season.
Even retaining the services of a six-time Ballon d’Or winner will only prolong the inevitable for Barca.
Bringing Neymar back would make sure that some other world-class intelligence is added to the club’s attacking arsenal.
It remains to be seen, though, whether or not that deal can be done and for how long Messi intends to stick around.