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The Board Will Prefer Respect Not Insults - Jordi Mestre

The Board Will Prefer Respect Not Insults - Jordi Mestre
17/8/2017

FC Barcelona has unveiled Paulinho, as their fourth signing of the summer, from Guangzhou Evergrande for €40 Million. A transfer which has caused unrest among the Barcelona fans.

Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre said that the Board deserves respect not insults from the fans after the unveiling of Paulinho. 


The Fans actually campaigned for the resignation of president Josep Maria Bartomeu, due to a series  of poor management decisions supporters feel the club have made,which also includes the signing of Paulinho for €40 Million which they believe is excessive.

"Fans are free to express what feelings they want," Mestre said at Paulinho's presentation. "We would prefer respect, not insults, but I have no knowledge that Bartomeu will resign [because of the campaign].

"There have been better times during our mandate, but we've come through difficult times. So we need to keep working hard and hope once again that things will work out for the better."

The new signing was asked, if he was affected by the reactions, by fans following his arrival and his reply was "My life has always been about dealing bravely with challenges. I don't like to talk about these things, but about what's important, which is playing on the pitch and helping Barca win titles. Paulinho said

"Things that aren't related to that don't worry me. I just worry about doing my job properly, with humility. I am ready for this, that's why I accepted [the proposal] to come here and to pursue my dream. Of course there's pressure and there will be pressure. I've dealt with pressure before, but I feel I can deal with it."

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez, while speaking in a briefing following the unveiling of Paulinho, dismissed all rumors that Paulinho was replacement for Sergio Roberto.

"I have heard a lot about Sergi Roberto this week," he said. "I have spoken with him recently and it was a very normal conversation. I asked him to do what he did last season again. We value players from the youth team and he can give us a lot, so don't read too much into Paulinho arriving."

Barcelona lost the Spanish Super Cup to Real Madrid on Wednesday, to add up with Neymar's departure to PSG, Mestre was asked if those reasons could make Messi think of a future elsewhere.

"We have spoken about things and agreed things and it's just a question of setting a date to sign the papers," he said. "We're quite clear about this, we've been sorting things out over several months. I would be very surprised if Messi didn't sign his extension."

Before Neymar's departure to PSG, Mestre was asked, if Neymar would leave the club and his reply carried a 200% assurance that the Brazilian will remain with the club but didn't.

"Amongst the board we had no idea that Neymar wanted to leave," he said. "But as time went on, Neymar didn't come out and say anything to the contrary, so doubts started setting in.

"When we were on the U.S. tour, we again found that he didn't deny the rumours or say anything clear, so we had serious doubts. But when I said 200 percent it's because I really didn't know at the time and we didn't want him to leave.

"If Neymar told the other players, he's free to do that. But we did not get a yes or no out of Neymar and as days went past and he didn't deny them we began to think something was amiss."
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