The Camp Nou is about to enter a new era in the wake of the resignation of the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Victor Font wants to reunite Barca legends
The presidential candidate of Barcelona Victor Font wants to arrange a reunion between Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou. The Camp Nou is about to enter a new era in the wake of the resignation of the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The 57-year-old stepped down along with the entire board of directors amid the threat of a vote of no confidence in November. Bartomeu’s position in the past few years has become increasingly unstable. With the team’s failure to serve and the club’s financial struggle off it laid at his door. An 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals last season saw the situation boil. It sparked a major squad overhaul with several senior stars leaving the club for the summer transfer window.
The return of Guardiola will help convince Messi to stay
The likes of Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez, Nelson Semedo and Arthur Melo have all moved to new pastures. Also, Messi very nearly joining them after handing in a transfer request. The Argentine ultimately chose to stay at Camp Nou to avoid a potential legal dispute. Still, he was heavily involved with the move to Manchester City to link up with Guardiola before clarifying his short-term future. Font, who is currently the favourite to replace Bartomeu in the board room. He thinks the return of the former Barça boss will help convince Messi that a return to the elite stage can be achieved in the coming years.
Barca needs significant investment to rebuild the Camp Nou
The Spanish businessman would also like to see club legends like Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Carlos Puyol return. Font told reporters: “Replace the best generation that the world of football has ever seen. And I believe we have had over last decade, is a big challenge. Especially at a time when the competition is intense, and mighty owners own many clubs. Barcelona also needs significant investment to rebuild the stadium. And everything in a world that has been hit by one of the worst crises in history. It is clear that we need a very robust plan to meet these challenges. And this is what we have been doing for the past few years.”
We intend to build a reliable and competitive project. And we are very fortunate at Barça that we have inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organization. Most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club – like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol. They are all legends who love Barcelona but don’t work for Barça today. We need to bring them back to ensure we have a very competitive project”. The only thing Messi needs is to know that he is part of a competitive project that aims to win the next Champions League. We do not doubt that if we are in principle honoured to take the helm of Barcelona. We will be able to ensure that Messi is staying.”