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Josep Maria Bartomeu / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu explained that FC Barcelona want to avoid possible injuries in the Catalan Super Cup, which was suspended by the Catalan Football Federation on Friday. “We want to minimise the risks. We didn’t want to send the first team because there was risk of injury, we have a packed schedule and we don’t have our international players, who return on the 30th,” said Bartomeu to the press in Tangier, Morocco.

Press conference set for Monday

The vice-president revealed that the Club will hold a press conference on Monday where “all the affected parties will be present.” Bartomeu added that “each entity needs to defend its interests. We want to minimise the risk of injury and we’d rather play with Barça B, a team that have sufficient resources, good play and excellent quality. They are players made in Catalonia. We’re trying to be as careful as possible.”

The vice-president also has words of support for Marc Muniesa, who was injured in the match against Hamburg SV: “it’s a serious injury, he’ll be out for a long time. We feel terrible about it, and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

No clues on possible signings

Bartomeu was tightlipped when asked about the team’s possible transfer targets: “we never talk about what we’re planning, or broadcast our negotiations. The manager has made a request and the issue is ongoing. When we have something, we’ll announce it.”

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