Josep Maria Bartomeu sat at the head table at the Congrés de Penyes d'Andalusia, Ceuta i Melilla

Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke at the XI Congrés de Penyes d’Andalusia, Ceuta i Melilla / PHOTO: FCB

[[DES_1]] FC Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, gave an upbeat message to the participants at the XI Congrés de Penyes Barcelonistes d’Andalusia, Ceuta i Melilla in Malaga on Saturday evening, assuring them: “I know it can’t have been easy reading all the criticism and people saying this is the end of a cycle at the Club or an end to the way we play, but that is just not true. Don’t take any notice of them. I want to tell you loud and clear that they are wrong. This Barça is alive and kicking – more alive than ever!”Luis Enrique is the first piece in the project which has already begun

Bartomeu added: “we have been working for a few months and I can assure you that you will be excited by this project – very excited. Luis Enrique is the first piece in the project which has already begun. He will inject the enthusiasm and hope into the squad which they need to face new challenges. He is the leader which our first team needs”.

The President also praised new signing Marc-André ter Stegen  and explained that  Rafinha and Deulofeu are two players” who will define an era at the Club”, as well as explaining Leo Messi’s new contract: “we’ve given him a deal that the best player in the world deserves. Nobody can doubt that that is what he is and we are proud that Leo is staying with us. I know he is happy too”Have no doubts - you are going to enjoy watching Barça next season

As to new signings, Sr Bartomeu revealed: “we are working to strengthen the team in the positions we need to be competitive again. I can’t reveal any details because it’s our responsibility to work quietly and take the right steps to achieve the objectives we have set ourselves. The team we are designing will fill you with pride and excite you again. Have no doubts - you are going to enjoy watching Barça next season”.

New Club Director with responsibility for Penyes, Pau Vilanova,accompanied the President to the meeting. Alongside  the Director of the Comissió Social, Santi Casas. The Club’s delegate to UEFA, Amador Bernabéu and the president of the Agrupació Barça Jugadors, Ramon Alfonseda.

Tito remembered

Josep Maria Bartomeu began his speech by remembering the late Tito Vilanova and asked for a round of applause in his memory. "His passing away was undoubtedly the worst thing that happened this season and one of the hardest blows the Club has received in recent years".


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