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FC Barcelona's President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, appeared on a Catalonia-based radio show Friday morning where he discussed the latest news surrounding the Espai Barça, the Club's ambitious project to renovate Camp Nou, build the new Palau Blaugrana and Johan Cruyff Stadium, and transform the urban campus surrounding its main headquarters in the Barcelona neighborhood of Les Corts.

Bartomeu explained how financing is bolstering the project. "The financing aspect of it is pretty simple," he said. "We said it in the 2014 referendum, when we presented it, that a third of it is from the naming rights for the stadium, and another third of it is Barça being able to go to a bank and get a loan. The other third is the new income that we will receive."

Bartomeu said when you add all that up, it means good news for the project and the Club's members.

"We tested the market for the naming rights, and it's going to end up being more money than we thought at the beginning," he emphasized. "Which makes us pretty happy, because when we go to the banks, we don't have to ask for as much money."

With financing on track and the early parts of the Espai Barça project well on schedule, the Club feels good about the future.

The President on Messi

Bartomeu also spoke about Club news, which of course included his views on Lionel Messi and his contract renewal. "To be able to continue enjoying Leo Messi is a point of pride and a great success for everyone," Bartomeu said. "There is no other club in the world with a genius like him. I would love for him to finish his career at Barça and I think that's where we are headed. I believe that's his will and desire."
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