Barca's Bartomeu: I won't go to war with Messi

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he won’t do battle with Lionel Messi and called for everybody to proceed onward after the forward attempted to stop the club a month ago.

Bartomeu likewise said he has no designs to resign from his job regardless of a movement to eliminate him – which was started by Messi’s solicitation to leave – assembling more than 20,000 marks this week.

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Messi, 33, got back to preparing with Ronald Koeman’s new-look Barca side prior this month subsequent to neglecting to build a move away from Camp Nou this mid year.

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At the point when he understood lawful activity would be needed to attempt to execute a proviso in his agreement to leave for nothing, he called it quits, despite the fact that he was condemning of Bartomeu in a meeting with Goal after the scene finished.

“As president, I will not enter into any conflict with Messi,” Bartomeu told TV3 on Saturday. “Messi is our commander, our pioneer. The issue is stopped. What has been said has been said.

“I was unable to permit to release the best part on the planet. The group needs him, he ensures achievement. Things must be examined at home. You need to help the group and the players.

“We have to congratulate ourselves that Messi is still with us. He is excited about Koeman’s project. The important thing is he plays for Barca, at his home. We want him to retire at the club.”

Messi could yet leave the club for nothing the following summer when his agreement lapses yet Bartomeu could be passed by then.

Lionel Messi asked for from Barcelona this summer. David Ramos/Getty Images

The president will confront a demonstration of general disapproval in the coming weeks if more than 16,520 of the 20,867 marks against him are affirmed.

For him to be removed, 66% of casting a ballot individuals would then need to conflict with him in a choice, however there have been calls for him to leave before arriving at that point.

“Right now, no-one is considering resigning,” Bartomeu said. “The club is not going to stop. I think everyone was surprised by the number of signatures but we respect democracy and the club’s laws.”

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Bartomeu was talking before Barca’s third and last neighborly of the preseason on Saturday, a 1-0 win against Elche at Camp Nou.

Midfielder Riqui Puig was an unexpected oversight from the crew. He watched the match from the stands close by Luis Suarez, who’s not highlighted in preseason as he searches for another club, and Koeman later affirmed he’s suggested the adolescent go out borrowed.

“For me, the young players have to play,” Koeman told TV3. “They can’t not play for quite a long time. That goes for Riqui, for [Carles] Alena and for Pedri… they need to play.

“I told Riqui he has a future here but it’s going to be tough at the moment because of competition in his position. I recommended that he goes on loan.”