BARCELONA – Mateu Alemani, who on May 2 parted ways with Barcelona officials at the end of the season as director of football, backed his decision and told ESPN a unit source, Joan Laporta, that he intends to return to the team. To stay. Club “in circumstances similar to the present”.
Alemany was negotiating his move to Aston Villa to join the British club as chief executive after the Birmingham unit sent him an “unacceptable” offer for the coming season.
His continuation is confirmed as the president “told Mateu at the time that if he reconsidered his intentions before 30 June, the doors were open to continue”, leaving him in his current position in front of the game. Must remain The field, however in this case without the cooperation of Jordi Cruyff and waiting for a new addition.
It is understood that Deco, a former club player between 2004 and 2008 and who has already held talks with Laporta to sign as the new sporting director, is only interested in his current phase as a footballer’s agent. pending closure (among others he has represented Rafinha) before joining the Azulgrana project.
Confirming Alemany’s permanence, he will be a key executive in a tough remodeling of the squad expected this summer as Barcelona urgently need to reduce the wage bill by around €200 million to be able to move into the transfer market, where Lionel In addition to the Messi issue, it is intended to carry out other actions, in addition to obtaining space for the registration of Ronald Araújo, Gavi, Marcos Alonso and Sergi Roberto. And also, when his signing of Inigo Martínez is officially confirmed.
Jordi Cruyff will not continue at the club, who made his departure official on Monday, June 30, in a decision that will not change, acknowledged the same source, pledging that Alemani’s permanence has nothing to do with Jordi’s departure. .