Barcelona braced for high-profile exits under Koeman as president calls for ‘drastic measures’

Barcelona braced for high-profile exits under Koeman as president calls for ‘drastic measures’

New Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is anticipated to supervise a large overhaul of the squad as he leads them into a brand new period after their weaknesses had been uncovered within the 8-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich, president Josep Maria Bartomeu has mentioned. Koeman, certainly one of Barca’s best ever gamers who was confirmed because the membership’s new coach on Wednesday, will oversee the transition alongside Ramon Planes, the brand new chief technical secretary after Eric Abidal left the membership.

“The technical secretary and new coach will take drastic measures and they’ll have an effect on sure gamers, who we should always give a correct farewell to,” Bartomeu mentioned in an interview with the membership’s official tv channel on Tuesday.

Bartomeu didn’t say which gamers would depart however referred to seven gamers who weren’t on the market: captain Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, defenders Clement Lenglet and Nelson Semedo, plus latest signings Anne Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong and French winger Ousmane Dembele.

Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets, who’ve been on the membership since 2008 and are the longest-serving gamers after Messi, had been omitted from Bartomeu’s record, that means they might face an exit after 12 trophy-laden years within the first workforce.

Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez, essential members of the workforce that gained the treble in 2015 in addition to the La Liga titles in 2016, 2018 and 2019, had been additionally absent.

“These are gamers who’ve given their finest days to the membership and been a part of the membership’s finest years. They’ve gained quite a lot of trophies and had quite a lot of success,” added Bartomeu.

“A few of these selections have already been taken by others and a few might be taken quickly by completely different folks. The gamers is not going to be consulted on these selections. It’s crucial to hearken to opinions however the coach and technical secretary will take the choice collectively.”

Barca will face a problem in promoting some gamers on account of having the largest wage invoice in world soccer, at a time when all golf equipment are dealing with severe monetary difficulties as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, which has stripped them of matchday income and ticket gross sales.

Bartomeu added that the membership are nonetheless making an attempt to signal Argentina ahead Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan however mentioned it was now “unattainable” to deliver Neymar again to the membership as Paris St Germain not want to promote the Brazilian.

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