Barcelona are ‘out of hospital’ after Lewandowski signing to start post-Messi era

Barcelona president Joan Laporta mentioned the membership is “out of the hospital” in phrases of their monetary scenario because the LaLiga giants unveiled striker Robert Lewandowski at Camp Nou in entrance of 57,300 followers.

Lionel Messi left Barcelona due to monetary issues precisely one 12 months to the day that the membership offered Europe’s two-time main goalscorer after he sealed his switch from Bayern Munich.

“A 12 months in the past, sadly, we had to announce an undesirable scenario because of this of the membership’s financial scenario, however a 12 months has handed and we are able to say that we are turning issues round,” Laporta mentioned of the membership’s failure to register Messi’s new contract with LaLiga final summer season to adjust to the league’s monetary honest play guidelines.

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Laporta claimed in August that his board had inherited a membership file debt of €1.35 billion however the sale of belongings this summer season has allowed Barca to spend over €150 million within the switch window.

“It’s been a really troublesome 12 months for us,” Laporta mentioned. “We’ve had so many large choices to make and with quite a bit of stress.

“A 12 months later, we are turning the scenario round. We have to proceed to work. But we are able to say from a monetary standpoint, we are out of the hospital. We nonetheless have to be cautious.

“Barca has introduced in €800m up to now two months. We have made a terrific effort. We have had to promote some belongings however we are able to get these again sooner or later.

“We are working to assist Barca return to be a reference in soccer. We are getting again to the place we belong.”

Despite the disclosing of Lewandowski, he’s but to be registered together with the opposite new signings.

“We have labored arduous to register all of the gamers, not simply Robert,” Laporta mentioned. “It’s a LaLiga resolution and we are ready. I feel we’ve got completed all the pieces they’ve requested for.”

Ahead of Barca’s league opener in opposition to Rayo Vallecano on Aug. 13, a fourth monetary injection has been permitted by the Catalan membership ought to they want to use it to adjust to the strict spending caps in LaLiga.

“Regarding the fourth monetary injection [the sale of a further 24.5% of Barça Studios to the company for €100m]it was one thing we had deliberate to do as a precaution simply in case there’s a distinction of interpretation [with LaLiga],” Laporta added. “It has been permitted by the membership, however we hope we do not want to undergo with it. If we’ve got to use it, we’ll.”

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the registration of his new signings, Laporta beamed with satisfaction when speaking about Lewandowski.

“Today is a historic day for Barca,” he mentioned. “We are all excited {that a} participant of Robert’s caliber is right here. We are heading in the right direction. We see within the switch market that gamers need to come and play at Barca.

“We wished a high striker. If a genie got here and gave us three needs, we’d have requested him for a scorer, one which has gained the Golden Shoe a number of occasions and to be a purpose assure. And that is Robert.

“There have been many golf equipment that had supplied Robert higher monetary situations, however he selected to come to Barca and that’s the reason I’m so grateful to him.”

Barcelona endured a troublesome marketing campaign on and off the pitch final season, however the Poland worldwide mentioned he’s centered on having fun with a profitable spell at Barca.

“When they defined the venture, I knew I wished to come,” he mentioned. “It’s going to be a distinct season with respect to the final one.

“It wasn’t simple to depart Bayern after eight years, however it’s the proper subsequent step for me and my household. I used to be prepared for this.

“This is an enormous problem for me to be the very best of Barcelona and to push different gamers to give their greatest with my enormous expertise. We have quite a bit of younger gamers with enormous potential, however the combine of youth and expertise is necessary and if I may also help them, I’m going to do it.”

Lewandowski, who will flip 34 on Aug. 21, signed a four-year contract with Barca.

“I do not really feel that I’m 33 or 34,” he added. “I really feel I can play on the high degree for extra years.

“Real Madrid did very nicely within the Champions League and LaLiga final season. We are additionally there to strive to beat Real Madrid.

“I’m keen to play in opposition to them. But I’m not considering of Real Madrid or rivaling Karim Benzema. He is a rare participant who has performed a few years in LaLiga. For me, it is necessary to play nicely with Barca.”


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