The president offered an update on Barcelona’s hunt for Lautaro Martinez as well as reiterating his hope that Lautaro Martinez will stay at the club.
Bartomeu also spoke about Quique Setien’s future and the prospect of Xavi returning to the Camp Nou as manager.
Here is what he’s had to say:
Bartomeu on Lautaro Martinez
We talked about Lautaro with Inter a few weeks ago but now the issue is stopped. Now we are not talking about it. We have to finish the League and the Champions League and see what the priorities are.
It is also a time for internal reflection to clarify how the crisis is affecting the club. It is a market in which you can not think of large investments. We need to see when people can return to the fields, tourists to the museum. We have to wait and see how it all evolves.
Bartomeu on Messi renewal
We talked about his renewal. We are talking about it. And we’ll talk about it. He has always said that he wants to end his football career at Barça and I am convinced that it will be so. We will renew it for sure. He is well-prepared to compete for as many years as he wants.
Bartomeu on Xavi
Xavi will be Barca’s coach, sooner or later. But right now we are not looking for a coach, we are with Quique
Bartomeu on Setien
Quique Setien will coach the team in the Champions League and these last two Liga games that are left. We have had a very atypical season, we will play in August and he will be the coach. If we overcome Napoli, we will be in Lisbon.
Our will is to fulfil contracts and Setien has one. We went to Setien’s house to speak about the future, the plans for next season. He will probably be there and I am very interested to hear what he thinks.