That Paul Pogba (25) is unhappy at Manchester United and that his relationship with coach José Mourinho is tense – no secret. Speculation about a change, specifically to FC Barcelona – no surprise. But what is it really? Is there a deal with ManUnited who are interested in central defender Yerry Mina (24) and midfielder Andre Gomes (25)?
Barça President Josep Maria Bartomeu has now commented on the rumours, and in an interview with The Times he also spoke about the future of star striker Lionel Messi and a possible return of city coach Pep Guardiola.
“I’ve read about the rumours – not only about Pogba, but also about many other players,” Bartomeu explained, admitting: “But most teams don’t want to sell their players. They want to develop them. The business is no longer just selling players and making money.” In football you have to win to be successful.
Asked again directly about Pogba, the 55-year-old answered only vaguely: “I’m not talking about Pogba, I’m talking in general. When you hear from agents that there are certain players on the market – and I’m not saying that about that player, but in general – I sometimes call the club bosses and ask: ‘Is it true that you want to sell the player? If they say yes, I pass that information on to the technical staff. But usually they say ‘No, not for sale’, and that’s the end of it.”
Meanwhile, Bartomeu is not worried about Lionel Messi’s whereabouts. Rather, he seems convinced that the Argentinian will stay beyond his contract term (2021): “He doesn’t want to leave”. We always tell him that he can be a one-club man. That’s what he wants too.
Barcelona’s concept is not to sell the best players, but to attract new, talented players in order to be more successful and make the fans so happy.
The Barcelona supporters might also be happy if Pep Guardiola, who is currently coaching Manchester City and may want to end his career with FC Barcelona, returns.
“Pep is a genius. I read a few days ago that he wants to return to Barcelona, perhaps to take responsibility for La Masia (FC Barcelona’s youth academy). I think it would be good news for our club if it came to that.”
The door is always open for the Catalan, who coached Barça from 2008 to 2012 and won the Champions League twice, at any rate “always open”: “Even when he wanted to leave us in 2012, we advised him to look after La Masia. But he preferred a clear break. Nobody told him to leave Barcelona back then.” For those player that is looking for great design and interface, Mr. Mobi is for you.