Xavi with the King's Cup at the Calderón / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB
Jordi Alba, Drogba and Javi Martínez
The president was asked multiple times about the team’s possible signings this year. On Jordi Alba, Rosell recognized that there are ongoing negotiations with Valencia: “I don’t like that these negotiations are public, but they already are. With that said, Jordi Alba’s value will be set in the agreement.” He also talked about Didier Drogba, who was recently linked with FC Barcelona: “I know nothing about Drogba. If he’s in Barcelona, he’s on vacation, it has nothing to do with Barça.”
The last name to surface in the press conference was Athletic Club’s Javi Martínez. “If we had any interest in Javi Martínez, I wouldn’t admit it. If we were not interested in him, I wouldn’t admit it either. We have to go about these things with prudence and secrecy, because if we don’t the price of the player goes up and that hurts FC Barcelona.”
Finally, Rosell stated that the Club will spend 40 million euros on signings. “The average amount of money spent on new signings over the next few years needs to be 40 million euros a year. If we sign a player for 10 million, we’ll have 30 million to spend next year, or vice versa.”
For the second consecutive year, PresidentSandro Rosell showed his satisfaction for the “record-breaking season,” which saw the Club’s professional teams claim 17 official titles. “It was only a year ago that we had the best season in Club history, with 16 titles. This year we won 17. If I had to define the season today, I’d say that it has been excellent and exciting,” said the president, who started his press conference with a minute of silence in memory of Miki Roqué, who succumbed to cancer a few days ago.
"Thank you, Pep. Now, everyone with Tito”
Rosell first addressed Josep Guardiola. “Thank you very much, Pep. We won 14 titles in 4 years. Thank you, not only for the amount of silverware you won but for how you did it. You accomplished these things with the values that we want to teach the children at La Masia.” He then talked about Barça’s newly appointed manager: “we’re all with Tito. He represents the continuation of a successful model; our way of playing won’t change and the players are delighted to have him. He has our absolute support.”
Proud of the attitude displayed by the fans
Rosell was brimming with pride when he talked about the behaviour of the Barça fans and players. “When we played Chelsea, the game ended with the whole stadium singing ‘ser del Barça és el millor que hi ha [being a Barça fan is the best thing there is],’” said Rosell in reference to how the mentality of the supporters has changed over the past four years. The president said that “the members have extraordinary maturity, they are content and they understand that the team cannot win every title.” He also said that “a lot of things happened this season: Abidal’s illness, the injuries to Villa, Afellay and Fontàs, the bad luck with the referees...”. He added that “the referees had a lot of bad luck in the first half of the season, and that affected us negatively.”
... on the players
Rosell praised the attitudes displayed by the FC Barcelona players. Both in defeat and in victory. “In the basketball Copa del Rey we stayed on the court as our opponents lifted the cup,” he said as he lamented the fact that Real Madrid did not do the same when Barça Regal lifted the ACB trophy at the Palau Balugrana.
In reference to the rumoured amnesty that the Spanish Football Federation might show in the José Mourinho assault on Tito Vilanova case, during this past season’s Spanish Super Cup, the president said: “we are not pleased at all with the possibility that an assault on our manager could go unpunished. If this happens, we’ll talk with whomever we have to, we will not allow this action to go unpunished.”
Congratulations to Barça’s professional teams
Rosell also made mention of the Barça’s professional teams. “They have made history. For the first time in the history of the Club, all for teams that play at the Palau have won the Liga in the same season,” he said. The president made special mention of the futsal team, who won four titles this year: “we were missing the European Cup and it was the title that excited us the most. Now it’s in the Museum.”
Furthermore, he had words of thanks for Beto Borregán and Javi Rodríguez, captains of the roller hockey and futsal teams, respectively. Both of whom are leaving the Club this year. “They have been extraordinary captains. A big thanks to both of you.”