In an interview with the Daily Mail, Josep Bartomeu gives one of the most public comments yet on the sagas surrounding many of Barcelona’s players.
Bartomeu, the Barcelona president, is confident that he, and the players, will resist any move from Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City have already taken several high-profile names from Barcelona, including Txiki Begiristain, who was integral to the success of Guardiola’s Barcelona a few years ago.
Barcelona are currently on a 31 match unbeaten run, whilst Manchester City are dropping behind in the Premier League title race and Pep Guardiola must know he has a big task on his hands if he is to turn City into the dominant force that his Barcelona were.
Investment will be crucial, but Bartomeu is extremely confident of keeping his big name players.
‘We know Messi could earn more money in other teams, or Neymar, Busquets, Gerard Pique or Luis Suarez,’ said Bartomeu, in his Mail on Sunday interview.
Bartomeu is not concerned that many of Barcelona’s players could move to another club for the limelight, as he remains certain that they are all in love with their lives in the Spanish city.