January 21, 2021

Barcelona braced for high-profile exits beneath Koeman as president requires ‘drastic measures’ – soccer



New Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is predicted to supervise an enormous overhaul of the squad as he leads them into a brand new period after their weaknesses have been uncovered within the 8-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich, president Josep Maria Bartomeu has mentioned. Koeman, one in every of Barca’s best ever gamers who was confirmed because the membership’s new coach on Wednesday, will oversee the transition alongside Ramon Planes, the brand new chief technical secretary after Eric Abidal left the membership.

“The technical secretary and new coach will take drastic measures and they’ll have an effect on sure gamers, who we should always give a correct farewell to,” Bartomeu mentioned in an interview with the membership’s official tv channel on Tuesday.

Bartomeu didn’t say which gamers would depart however referred to seven gamers who weren’t on the market: captain Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, defenders Clement Lenglet and Nelson Semedo, plus latest signings Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong and French winger Ousmane Dembele.

Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets, who’ve been on the membership since 2008 and are the longest-serving gamers after Messi, have been omitted from Bartomeu’s listing, which means they might face an exit after 12 trophy-laden years within the first workforce.

Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez, essential members of the workforce that gained the treble in 2015 in addition to the La Liga titles in 2016, 2018 and 2019, have been additionally absent.

“These are gamers who’ve given their greatest days to the membership and been a part of the membership’s greatest years. They’ve gained a whole lot of trophies and had a whole lot of success,” added Bartomeu.

“A few of these selections have already been taken by others and a few will probably be taken quickly by totally different individuals. The gamers won’t be consulted on these selections. It’s crucial to hearken to opinions however the coach and technical secretary will take the choice collectively.”

Barca will face a problem in promoting some gamers because of having the most important wage invoice in world soccer, at a time when all golf equipment are going through critical monetary difficulties because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has stripped them of matchday income and ticket gross sales.

Bartomeu added that the membership are nonetheless making an attempt to signal Argentina ahead Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan however mentioned it was now “unattainable” to deliver Neymar again to the membership as Paris St Germain now not want to promote the Brazilian.