These are extremely testing times for everyone. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic broke out – the rhythm of life has been hit badly. Especially from an economical point of view, people out there are hugely struggling. Even big clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona are on the back foot economically during this Pandemic.
Apart from the economical aspects, tensions have started to escalate in the La Masia.
It has been a busy summer so far for Barcelona.
Not only are there economic difficulties surrounding Barcelona, but there is also conflict between some of the club’s younger players and their differences of opinion with the club regarding economic and sporting aspirations.
“I won’t return to Barcelona B. If I stay, it will be with the first team,” said Alex Collado after Barcelona’s friendly against Nastic de Tarragona.
Ronald Koeman relies on his academy players, as he demonstrated last season and in pre-season this year, but there isn’t enough space for everyone, nor is the club willing to give in to some of their economic demands.
Alejandro Balde and Ilaix Moriba are two clear examples of this, with the left-back signing a contract with the club until 2024.
However, there is still tension between Barcelona and Ilaix, as both parties are yet to come to an agreement.
Ilaix didn’t even play a part in the B team’s friendly against L’Escala last Friday as, although he was injured, the club didn’t want him to participate.
There have been offers from other clubs, especially in England, but Barcelona remain hopeful that he will sign a contract extension at Camp Nou.
Konrad de la Fuente, meanwhile, has moved to Marseille in the pursuit of more regular first-team football.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is due to return to Barcelona training in a week, as the Copa America winner is expected to return on August 2 to start his pre-season.
Almost two weeks have passed since an agreement was reached to extend Messi’s contract, but nothing has been made official yet. As far as the clubs are concerned, though, Messi’s contract has been resolved.
For now, Messi is still on holiday with his family. In the meantime, his representatives are in contact with the club and everything is on track for him to sign his new deal once he returns to Barcelona, agreeing on a five-year extension.
The club don’t have any concerns about the delayed signing and everyone is certain that he’ll line up in a Blaugrana shirt next season. Joan Laporta has said that Messi always wanted to continue and that there are no nerves that things could go wrong from here.
The Catalans do, however, need to readjust their salary expenses and they need to move players on in order to register Messi for 2021-22. They do expect Miralem Pjanic to return to Italy soon and things still need to be done around Antoine Griezmann as well.
Messi was always clear about wanting a competitive team built at the Camp Nou, but the club’s crippling financial problems are making that difficult. They have, to their credit, signed Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, and Emerson.