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Laporta leaves Griezmann's future open to speculation

Published on: 22 July 2021

Joan Laporta took Memphis Depay's presentation as an opportunity to field questions about various other ongoings at Barcelona.

One of the main topics that surrounds the club at the moment is the future of Antoine Griezmann with plenty of rumours circulating that the Frenchman could be offloaded to ease the wage budget.

The Blaugrana president's comments, however, seemed to throw up more questions than provide an answer.

"He is a first team player, he has a valid contract and we are counting on him," he said.

"There has been some [transfer] activity," he added, regarding the forward.

The wage budget is a big issue for Barcelona, as they face a race against time to lower salaries in order to register their squad ahead of the new season.

"The players that we are signing can be registered, like Memphis, Kun [Aguero] and Eric [Garcia]. You are well aware of the restrictions that are motivated by the debt we have," he said.

"The ratio we have does not make it easy for us. We are working very well with LaLiga, [sporting director] Mateu Alemany is doing a great job because we have to follow the rules beyond [the fact that] we think are stricter than in other countries.

"We are confident that either by reducing the wage bill or with some formula accepted by LaLiga, we are seeing goodwill on the part of the organisation and its president.

"He [LaLiga president Javier Tebas] is the first one who is interested in having great footballers like Memphis come and play here, but there are rules.

"The players have reacted well and they are understanding. They are listening to the proposals and looking for solutions."

On re-signing Leo Messi, Laporta remained confident.

"The player has always said that he wants to continue, there is no doubt about that," he said.

"We are making progress in all the negotiations involving a contract of this type. They are working very well and it is a wish that we all have.

"We do not hide our willingness for him to continue, to be here for many years."

Sporting director Mateu Alemany also commented on Griezmann, admitting that the club is open to bids.

"We value Griezmann a lot, he is top level and we are very happy," he said.

"Given our situation, we have been open [to offers] but it will not be easy for someone to come with an important offer."


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