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07.06.2009 11:42

“We have a competitive proposal for next year”


As part of his intervention in Tui, venue of the 19th Xuntanza de Galicia, Laporta said he is convinced the team has “a competitive proposal” for next year’s football first team.

The Barça president was attending a meeting of Galician supporters clubs along with director Xavier Bagués and ex player Julio Alberto, which was held in the Teatro Municipal in Tui (Pontevedra). He said that the squad run by Josep Guardiola next season will be as or even more competitive than that of the season just gone by.

“Carrying on the same way”

“After 2006, we learned our lesson and experience has led us into this new period of success, all thanks to the contributions by Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain. We have a very competitive proposal for next year, with a highly committed set of local players and the idea of bringing in new pieces to complete the group. We’re on a good track”, he said.

Three or four signings

The Barça president said he and his director of football expect to make “three or four signings”. Laporta indicated their interest in “three or four top class players to fill in positions we feel need to be strengthened”.


Joan Laporta also spoke about Samuel Eto'o: “We want to know what plans he has. He has given us everything, and I don’t just mean his goals, but also his attitude and character. He has always scored in important games and we have to be grateful for that”. But the president also confessed that some big offers have come in for the player. “‘Samu' is a top class player and there are offers for him. Next week we’ll be speaking with his agent. We need to know what the player thinks, what director of football Txiki Begiristain thinks and also manager Josep Guardiola”.

“It’s a solid project”

Finally the president said he feels FC Barcelona’s transfer policy is correct: “We know that players want to come to Barça, because our project is so solid. We will always buy players at the right price. In times of crisis, we should set an example”.
“We have a competitive proposal for next year”
Gala supper
Once the speeches were over, Joan Laporta, Xavier Bagués and Julio Alberto joined some 170 people for a gala supper. With the club represented in such distinguished fashion, the Galicians responded by showing their own commitment to the club and its board.

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