Josep Maria Bartomeu and Andoni Zubizarre in the Ciutat Esportiva pressroom / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The vice president for sport, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and the director of football, Andoni Zubizarreta, have spoken to the press today about the football-related goings-on at the club this summer. Here we pick out ten key comments.

1. Bartomeu:
“For the second year in a row we have spent less than our budget for new players”.


2. Bartomeu: “Rafinha, Bojan and Deulofeu can all grow professionally. I think they can mature as players away from the Camp Nou”.


3. Bartomeu: “The agreement for Villa’s transfer included preferential rights to two young Atletico Madrid players”.


4. Zubizarreta: “Barça players are not gambles. If they are at Barça it is because they have a proven track record. If Bartra is in the squad, it’s because was we need him”.


5. Zubizarreta: “I congratulate Tata Martino for being so flexible throughout all of this. We are learning to surf on the most difficult wave ever known. Tata has been extraordinarily willing”.


6. Zubizarreta: “I was a goalkeeper and I know how strangely we get treated. I still have the number one on my back”.


7. Zubizarreta: “The door is open for Tito to do what he thinks best. But right now, we should leave him alone because what matters most is his health”.


8. Zubizarreta: “Puyol has been through a tough patch but he’s in fine form right now. We’re reasonably optimistic”.


9. Zubizarreta: “Most of the players here never got a splendid presentation. They just came up from Barça B, like Sergi Roberto”.