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Laporta: ‘I don’t regret Barca parting ways with Messi’

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec12,2023 #Barca #Laporta #Messi
Laporta: 'I don't regret Barca parting ways with Messi' 1
Laporta: 'I don't regret Barca parting ways with Messi' 1

`That was the saddest decision. I never wanted to do that, but I don’t regret it because I had to put Barca’s interests first. That’s what I did, when I put Barca before the best player.`

Laporta met Messi when he took office as Barca President.

Messi said goodbye to Barca in the summer of 2021 after 21 years of association.

Laporta also admitted that Barca should fire Ronald Koeman from the summer of 2021, to soon stabilize the squad.

`I had many doubts after the first season, but out of respect for Koeman, we kept him and saw how things went. There was a moment when I realized I needed to make another painful decision. Will

After firing Koeman, Barca appointed Xavi as head coach.

`Xavi took advantage of the opportunity Barca gave him very well. Xavi understands, loves and respects Barca’s decisions,` Laporta added.

When asked about negotiations with midfielder Ronald Araujo and midfielder Gavi – a pair of players whose contracts will expire in the summer of 2023 – Laporta affirmed: `The players all have many demands when negotiating an extension. Barca

The Barca president also avoided the question about recruiting striker Erling Haaland from Dortmund.

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