Emerson Royal has been introduced as a new Barcelona player. With a € 300 million clause, has been committed for the next three seasons after the Catalan club paid nine million to Betis (in addition to the six that were paid two years ago) to keep the right back as property. However, Emerson’s appearance was overshadowed by some topical issues, such as the continuity of Leo messi or the situation of Ilaix Moriba, who has refused to renew for the Catalan club. “We are doing everything possible but it is not completely resolved. Progress well. We already said that we would do our best and we are in the process. I keep seeing many possibilities because Leo wants to continue at Barça“, Explained Joan Laporta, who assured that he has no fear about the renovation of Rosario:” I know that Leo wants to stay and I highly value this fact, that his priority is to stay at Barcelona. This is appreciated because it leaves everything very on track. Me, every night I have sweet dreams when I think of Leo Messi».
With two weeks to go before the League begins, the president of Barcelona assured that he is still working to close a squad under construction. “I think that what I had in mind at the end of May is still possible. We have encountered major obstacles but I am optimistic. The additions we have made and the young people who have come up from the quarry we are making a very competitive team. With Emerson Royal we bring in more talent. But some more incorporation has to be made and it is still possible ”, explained the president, who continues to fight against LaLiga’s financial fair play and the economic problems that the club is going through. «The players that we are incorporating can register. From there, we would like more flexibility from LaLiga, as other leagues on the European continent have done to be able to register more players, “implored the Catalan president, who always encounters Javier Tebas’s refusal to make exceptions. «I share the words and I thank the president of Getafe. What I don’t dare to do is tell the rest of the presidents what they have to do. I think that everyone wants Messi in LaLiga because he is a player of reference and always helps to promote the championship ”, thanked Laporta, who welcomed the request of Ángel Torres, who asked that an exception be made with Messi and allowed him to continue at Barça.
However, Laporta grimaced when asked about Ilaix Moriba, the midfielder to whom Koeman gave a couple of opportunities this past season and who has declined all the club’s renewal offers because he considers the economic plot insufficient, which has caused the club to separate him from the dynamics of the first team and not has even allowed him to play with the subsidiary. «With Ilaix we will try to prevent his case from being repeated. He has one year left on his contract and does not want to accept the club’s conditions. We do not accept it and we have to send a message for the quarry. Ilaix is a great player but if he doesn’t want to renew he already knows that he has other solutions. What we do not want is players who have been trained in the quarry and who with one year left do not want to renew. I would like you to reconsider both he and those who carry him. I do not like pulses or that everything we have done for him is not recognized. He is a player to whom we have given opportunities, but above all there is the club and they can’t give us this pulse. We cannot allow that we promote it and that later it leaves without that the Barça take advantage of. We will not accept it with any player “, settled Laporta.
All these statements left in the background the appearance of Emerson, who was very happy to start a stage at Barcelona: «For me it is a pride to be here. It is the culmination of a job that began when I was nine years old, at Atlético Mineiro ”, he commented.