While he believes his firm helped swell the Blaugrana treasury, he thinks the current administration squandered what they did.
The Blaugrana board has spent €1 billion on failed transfers
Jaume Roures believes that no one has provided more financial support to Barcelona than he did. Roures is the CEO of Mediapro, the company that manages the television rights of LaLiga. While he believes his firm helped swell the Blaugrana treasury, he thinks the current administration squandered what they did. “Nobody has brought more financial benefit to Barcelona than I have,” he told reporters. “That is thanks to the TV rights deals, I’ve been able to negotiate. “But the economic situation of the club is now a disaster, and the board has spent €1 billion on failed transfers. Leo Messi put it well when he said that they had no plan and that they were juggling things when are coming.” Jaume won’t be involved in the presidential elections set for March 2021, although reports have claimed he is part of Victor Font’s candidacy.
It’s not the right time to decide the stadium’s capacity
“I’m not interested in the process at all,” he said. “And I’m not behind anyone – doing that type of thing just gives the current directors a way to defame the candidate in question.” Roures also gave his thoughts on the club’s proposed new stadium plans. “Is this the right time to decide if we need 110,000 or 120,000 capacity? If we can’t let more than 5,000 fans in the coming years, what then? The ongoing board makes me suspect their motives. Roures also commented on the no-confidence vote currently surrounds Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu. “It’s unlikely that he will leave,” he said. “The number of signatures at the moment does not seem to be enough to force a vote. But there are many opponents against him, and I agree with the people who say they should bring forward elections.
“But if that doesn’t work, you’ll have to find another way.” In terms of the upcoming LaLiga season, Roures is just delighted that Messi remains in place in Spain – for the moment. “It is terrific news for all football fans in our country,” he said. “It would be a big blow if he’d left. But equally, Cristiano Ronaldo did not make Serie A much more valuable, and the Premier League does not suffer when the big-name leaves. Our league is a good product, and international deals in the field of rights are still three to four years yet.”