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Barca presidential candidate wants to hire Sevilla's sport director

Wed 30 December 2020 | 11:03

Barcelona presidential nominee Agusti Benedito claims that he will get Sevilla's director of football, Monchi to stir up the club's tremendously disparaged transfer strategy, while conceding that Lionel Messi's hesitance to submit his future at Camp Nou inconveniences him

A previous partner of Joan Laporta before his ballot win in 2003, Benedito has run fruitlessly for the club's administration twice. 

The third chance for the win, however, as is commonly said, and the 56-year-old is certain of his odds at taking the top occupation from June 25 onwards. 

If he wins, the prestigious Sevilla director of sports

Monchi

will be allowed an opportunity to come to the

Blaugrana

that has persevered through a difficult 2020 on the pitch. 

"We met in 2015 several times with Koeman and he had strong ideas. I think he will open a spell that lasts several years at the helm," Benedito explained. 

"In terms of sporting direction, back then we bet on Monchi and we spoke to him, too. I still think he is in the top three in the world and would be a brilliant addition.

"Back then it seemed he would never leave Sevilla and then he went to Italy and came back. The first thing I will do if I am president will be to call Monchi and try to convince him.

"Neymar? Let's see how he gets on with Covid-19! But I'm not sure he'd agree either in 2021 nor 2022. I don't think this is the time to be signing that kind of player and I don't think Qatar will let him go either. 

"They are organising the World Cup finals, the investment is huge, they have a top club in world football like PSG and I think that not only will they try to keep those kind of players but that they will also go out looking for new signings. 

"I think this summer we will be more focused on convincing Messi to stay than on Neymar's return." 

The issue of the club skipper, who disclosed his craving to leave over the late spring, has overwhelmed the presidential race from that point onward. 

The Argentinian genius voiced more critiques of Barcelona and afterward president Josep Bartomeu this week to La Sexta, and Benedito concedes that he was discouraged by what he heard.

"In the summer he made some huge declarations where he said clearly that he wanted to go and asked the president to let him go and now we need him to change his mind," he explained. 

"That interview was a unique opportunity to say that he was excited to continue and we didn't hear that. I wasn't able to hear a hopeful message and I'm worried, frankly. 

"Unlike what he told you in Goal, this time he didn't say he wanted to go but neither did he say that he wanted to stay."

Benedito added:

"What us Cules are worried about is if he will stay on next season, that has nothing to do with what happens further down the road. We are hanging on his decision and after the interview I am still unsure whether he is interested in staying at the club because he didn't say so. 

"We have the best player in the world, who in August said he wanted to leave after 20 years at the club and who still hasn't said if he wants to stay. My concern is that the most likely scenario sees him leaving us in the summer. Who wouldn't be worried about losing the best player ever?

"Everything has its beginning and end but it would be a shame for Messi's time at Barca to be cut short. Bartomeu, the man responsible for having lied to him, was the worst president in club history."


source: SportMob