Manel Arroyo


More than 20,000 people have seen the Espai Barça proposal at the exposition at Club facilities (17,809), itinerant expositions (1,915) and different informative sessions with Club members (1,089).

The general response to the proposal has been very positive according to vice-president Jordi Caroner i Casaus and the director responsible for patrimony, Jordi Moix. “We’re satisfied with how the informational campaign is going. There’s a lot of interest. The members want to know the details of the project. What we’ve noticed most is how excited this makes them,” said vice-president Manuel Arroyo on Monday.

Martino and Messi

Arroyo also emphatically and categorically denied the rumors that Tata Martino has decided to leave the Club at the end of the season: “We have no knowledge [of this decision]. Martino has a contract with the Cub. We’ve talked to him and he strongly denied that he talked to anyone on his coaching staff about the issue. He’s focused on the challenges that the team have at the moment. It’s a very important week and the focus [at the Club] clear.”

Lastly, Arroyo reiterated that the Board will do everything in its power to keep Messi at Barça for the rest of his career: “He’s the best player in the world and he has more records to break. At this moment there’s absolutely no way he will leave. His intention and ours is for him to finish his career here. Bartomeu and the player’s father have started talking about the issue.”

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