Sports 17/03/2021

The most optimistic Laporta seeks Messi's complicity

The new president is "optimistic" he will reverse Barça's economic situation

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Joan Laporta

BarcelonaJoan Laporta is now to all the effects the president of Barça. The Barcelona lawyer has given his first speech after the taking possession in the Camp Nou, where he has asked for "stability" during the "complicated" months ahead where "decisions" will have to be taken to revert the economic situation of the club.

Accompanied by the 18 members that the board of directors will have and surrounded by former presidents of the club, the main players, players and coaches, Laporta has addressed the members of the club and also to the "millions" of Barça supporters. Above all, he made gestures towards the players, whom he has assured that he will back and has entrusted them with the responsibility of bringing "joy back to Barcelonismo".

At this point, he has been especially optimistic with the first football team, who he has urged to win "the Copa del Rey and la Liga", and has expressed "all his confidence" in Ronald Koeman, the coach. He also had kind words for Leo Messi. "We will try to convince him to stay."

Throughout the half-hour speech, the new president has ensured that the responsibility "does not scare him" and added that he is "very well accompanied" by his fellow board members. He has appealed to the spirit of Gamper to recover the institutional and sporting strength, and has recalled "the commitment" of the entity with Catalonia.

Before Laporta spoke Carles Tusquets, the interim president, who appealed to the "unity of Barcelona FC". "All members, whatever they voted, are in the same boat".