Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reportedly blames Neymar’s departure to PSG for his miserable Nou Camp stint. The Spaniard recently resigned from the club, revealing the club had accepted a proposal to join a future European Super League as a parting shot. And that was a victory for Barcelona fans, many of which had been hoping for him to leave.
Bartomeu confirmed his resignation earlier in the week, calling time on his time at the Nou Camp ahead of an expected vote of no confidence next month.
But he didn’t go out quietly, saying: “Today I can announce a piece of news that will extraordinarily change the club’s revenue prospects for the coming years.
“The board of directors yesterday approved the acceptance of the requirements to participate in a future European Super League of football clubs, a project promoted by the big clubs in Europe.
“The details of these requirements will be available to the next board of directors, and the decision on participation in this competition will have to be ratified by the next Assembly of Compromising Partners.
“And I also want to announce that we have approved the acceptance of the future new format of the Club World Cup.”
Bartomeu was unhappy about having to leave Barcelona but knew he had to jump before he was pushed.
Spanish website OKDiario claim the Spaniard blames Neymar’s move to PSG for the miserable way his Nou Camp presidency panned out.
It’s said Bartomeu and board members who also resigned think ‘everything started’ with the sale of the Brazil international, who left in the summer transfer window of 2017.
Since Neymar’s move away, the La Liga giants have seen their big name signings struggle to fill the void.
Philippe Coutinho is thriving again but spent last term on loan at Bayern Munich, even scoring twice against Barcelona in a 8-2 victory earlier in the year.
Yet Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann both look shadows of their old selves, flopping since arriving from Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid respectively.