Barcelona had their first reinforcements for next season this Wednesday. The midfielder Franck Kessié signed the contract in the Tito Vilanova field of the Training Center (the Camp Nou lawn is being renovated), posed for photos and interacted with boys from the youth categories.
During the Ivory Coast player’s press conference, club president Joan Laporta was asked by journalists about the speculations of interest in Cristiano Ronaldo — who has yet to return to Manchester United training. Laporta was evasive.
— I had a meeting on Monday with Jorge Mendes (CR7’s manager), and we talked about the market in general. I won’t comment on players we mentioned at the meeting, but it’s always interesting to know how some names are doing. Christian? I will not speak of anyone in any sense, lest I be misunderstood. Everyone deserves respect,” Laporta declared.
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Joan Laporta participates in the presentation of midfielder Kessié at Barcelona — Photo: EFE
Barça’s board said on Wednesday that it had exceeded the salary cap imposed by the Spanish league’s financial rules and that it had to wait to sign up Kessié and defender Andreas Christensen, another hired reinforcement.
President Joan Laporta also stated that he is talking to some players in the squad about the possibility of leaving Barcelona. The club hopes to improve its financial situation with more economic actions soon and intends to have a more competitive team.
The Kessié steering wheel fits that. He was requested by coach Xavi Hernández, who contacted the player. He signed a contract with Barcelona until June 2026.
— When a great coach like Xavi calls you, who was a great player and is prepared to be a magnificent coach, you see that all the efforts were worth it. I am very proud to be here,” said the Ivorian.
Kessié will have his first training session with the Barcelona squad later this Wednesday.
Steering wheel Kessié is officially presented by Barcelona – Photo: EFE