Laporta gives clues on Ansu, Gavi and Deco's futures with Barcelona

Laporta gives clues on Ansu, Gavi and Deco's futures with Barcelona

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The president wants the players to stay and says Deco could be new sporting director

It was a busy morning for Joan Laporta after the league title triumph. The FC Barcelona president spoke to several media outlets to analyse the achievement of the domestic title and took advantage of the interviews to extensively review the Blaugrana's current affairs. Among many other issues, the president has assessed the planning for next season. And, in 'Els matins de TV3', he touched the futures of Ansu Fati and Gavi, two of the youngest players in the squad.

First of all, he said that the club is counting on Ansu, but that it will be the sporting management, in coordination with Xavi, who will make a decision on his future: "Ansu has recovered from injury and is getting more involved in the team. Yesterday he had minutes against Espanyol and last week he played almost the whole game. We are counting on him, he is a Barça player and we want him with us. He is a quality footballer and integrated in the team. He wants to succeed at Barça. The technical management will have to decide what happens with him. We will see how it goes."

On Gavi, Laporta was even more blunt: "I am convinced that he will continue to be a Barça player. I don't worry about that. I worry when he enters with that impetus, with that strength, in the plays. Someday... He goes with an enormous force."

Laporta added that Barça are "ready to sign" and "reinforce the defence, midfield and forward line," but that all of that "depends on La Liga approving our viability plan." He said: "I hope that the president of La Liga sees the effort we are making to reduce costs."

Finally, Laporta said he is "very happy" that Mateu Alemany, "an honest professional" and "the architect of Barça's success" in L Liga, "has received a great offer from the Premier League."

His replacement, barring any surprises, has been decided.

"Deco, who already works with us as the club's representative in Brazil, could make the leap to the technical secretariat. In case he becomes sporting director, he would have to leave his agency. We talked about it some time ago and it seems that now it is better for him," he concluded.

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