Former Barcelona director, Javier Bordas, has share some interesting information about his time at the Camp Nou.
Brodas revealed some of the players the Catalan club came close to signing, while also giving an insight into the last six months, in which Lionel Messi handed in a transfer request and Bartomeu resigned.
He is unhappy with the treatment that Bartomeu received, and he pointed the finger at the Catalan government for being seen to play a part in the president’s dismissal.
“It was a disgrace, a lynching,” Bordas said in an interview with Mundo Deportivo. “Whenever there was anything small, they attacked us; I don’t understand.
“The 20,000 signatures [necessary for the vote of no confidence] are there, but it seems incredible that the Catalan government let us vote on a Tuesday and after two days confined us to our municipalities. It’s a disgrace.”
Regarding the vote of no confidence, Bordas understands why it was called.
“I think that since 8-2 [defeat to Bayern Munich] things have been done quite well,” he claimed.
“But I understand that dissatisfied people can use this democratic tool and if they have succeeded in doing so, they should leave. I was one of those who wanted to resign earlier.”
Messi made clear to Bartomeu that he wanted to depart the club last summer, yet ultimately he was forced to stay as there was a misunderstanding regarding the final year of his contract.
“He’s a winner and very Barcelona,” Bordas noted. “Losing 8-2 and with the previous Champions League defeats I guess he was fed up and decided to leave.
“For me the means were ugly and wrong, it is clear, but Messi can also be wrong. Luckily on the pitch he makes few mistakes.
“He wants to continue winning and he thought that the cycle was over at Barcelona. Now I see him excited, but I can see that he is missing a little bit more. I would like to have him happy and content.”
Barcelona tried their utmost to re-sign Neymar in the summer of 2019 but were unable to reach an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain, despite offering them a series of players.
“I personally went there and we were very keen for him to come [back to Barcelona]; we tried in every way possible,” he explained.
“We got PSG to tell us how much they wanted when they never accepted anything for [Marco] Verratti or Marquinhos or Thiago Silva… They are not a selling club.
“I think that Messi has the taste of what could have been brought and was not brought. But we have seen what has happened with the virus, we still made that economic effort and now we would be worse off.
“Or maybe it’s coming, you don’t have to sack [Ernesto] Valverde or sign [Martin] Braithwaite in January, and it was one thing for the other…
“Some players proposed postponing part of their salary so that Neymar could return. But they all had to be cut back quite a bit to make it fit in with [Financial] Fair Play and LaLiga.
“However, the two times that Neymar could have returned, he would have given up a lot of money. It’s a contradiction to have a trial against him, but that’s another matter.”
On the topic of signings, the former Barcelona director made clear that a deal for current Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could have happened.
“When Courtois moved, I talked it over with Rosell before,” Bordas said. “He told me that if we could do something, we would do it.
“I put Courtois as an option on the table and Zubi [Andoni Zubizarreta], with good judgment, wanted to bring Ter Stegen, and we were right because he is the best in the world.
“But then [Juan Carlos] Unzue arrived and we decided to bring someone else, [Claudio] Bravo, a great goalkeeper. But maybe we could have had Courtois together with Ter Stegen.”
Barcelona struggled to give Luis Suarez any rest in the last couple of years, however they came close to bringing in then-Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to act as cover.
“I thought in the last few years that Suarez needed cover and there are not many who can [fill this role] because Luis is one of the best,” he noted.
“A good one was Morata, who wanted to leave Chelsea. I talked to Bartomeu about it and he told me that he liked him a lot.
“I made a move for Morata and it was possible to bring him on loan, but the technical secretariat rejected it and [Kevin-Prince] Boateng came.”
There are yet more signings that Bordas claims were put to the club and turned down, while he also wanted to reshape the technical secretariat.