Joan Laporta announces decision to run for president at FC Barcelona

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has announced his decision to run for the role of club president once again. The elections take place in January with the aim of appointing a new president to oversee the Catalan club, after the departure of former president Josep Maria Bartomeu earlier this year.

On running for presidency

“I’m running for the elections because I love this club. We have the preparation, experience and determination necessary for the changes that the club needs. We have a plan in place.”

Laporta on Messi

“Messi loves Barça and I’m sure that the club can give him an opportunity. I see myself capable of, and at the right moment, having a conversation with him. I know we can give each other some margin, anything can happen in life.”

On Xavi Hernández

“I haven’t spoken to Xavi yet, but I respect him a lot. He should be a reference for all players and La Masia.”

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