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June 21, 2007

Joan Laporta: We want Ronaldinho at the Club

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Joan Laporta is convinced that the key persons that achieved Barça's latest titles must stay in the club. That's why he assured on Tuesday that coach Frank Rijkaard would continue at Barcelona for the next season, as well as some key players.

However, the president is aware that there are many thing to improve at the club: "We have absolute confidence in our technical staff and coach. Frank Rijkaard will be the Barcelona coach next season, he is highly motivated, and looking forward to the new campaign," Laporta told a news conference.

But that was not it; Laporta reserved his criticisms for some members of the squad who he felt had not pulled their weight on or off the field. The president warned there would be changes.

"I know that there have been some internal disciplinary problems which we will come down hard on. I'm not going to say any particular name. We'll wash our dirty linen in house," he said. "What I can say, is that we are seeking a left back, a center back, maybe two midfielders and one or two forwards."

Regarding to the situation of leading players such as Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o and Brazilian forward Ronaldinho, Laporta quashed any rumors that the club were thinking of selling them.

"Neither are for sale. We totally want Ronaldinho and Eto'o to continue at the club, Rijkaard thinks the same, and the players have told me they also want to stay," Laporta concluded.

It's important to mention that the Blaugrana team finished second in the Primera Liga on Sunday, level on points with arch-rivals Real Madrid but below them due to their inferior head-to-head numbers.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Andre Botelho - Youth Soccer Coaching Blog said...

I think it's important to keep the same team structure for this season. Ronaldinho and the other key players are essential for the Barça success.

7:55 AM  

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