The failures in the Spanish League and Champions League sparked big changes to the Barcelona squad. Quique Setien and Sports Director Eric Abidal have been dismissed from their positions.
Next, Barcelona is reportedly going to rejuvenate their squad. The majority of players will be on the sell list this summer.
Only seven names according to Bartomeu were untouched. One of which is Lionel Messi. The Argentine star has confirmed that he will be the foundation for the project Ronald Koeman–the man who was said to be the new coach of Barcelona.
Apart from Messi, there are six more names that will not be on the sale list.
“Who is not for sale? Leo Messi,” Bartomeu told TV boat. “He knows that. He is the best player in the world.”
It is noteworthy that Bartomeu did not include a number of names of veteran players such as Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, to Jordi Alba. Bartomeu admitted that the time had come for Barcelona to part with some of them.
“We are talking about a generation of players who have won everything,” said Bartomeu as reported ESPN.
“I congratulate them on that, but now is the time to say goodbye to some of them in honor.”
“We will talk to them with respect. They have become legends so they have to go in the right way, but there must be talks first,” he said.
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(nds / rin)