After the renewals of Pedri, Ansu Fati and Ronald Araujo, Barcelona's priority is to tie the continuity of Gavi, a player who has won a fixed place in the starting eleven despite playing with a youth record. The Barça club does not want the negotiations to be prolonged, since his termination clause (50 million euros) makes him a very appetizing player for any team. Given the delay in obtaining the footballer's yes, Joan Laporta has been disappointed and has accused his agent, Iván de la Peña, of being to blame for this delay. “His representative has had the renewal offer on the table for a long time. We have no news that he has accepted it.
The news we have is that he is comparing and that at some point he will have to say something. We have already stated our position and, for the moment, it is not accepted by the player's agent", explained the president in an interview with 'L'Esportiu'.
Laporta claimed to feel hurt. "Yes, because we don't understand it. He is a player that we all like; He is 17 years old, has a magnificent present and future at Barça, and we don't understand why his representative is playing and comparing. I think that the club's proposal, at our salary levels, is more than acceptable. In addition, we will not leave these levels, because I do not want Barça to continue in the line followed by those who preceded us and that have led Barça to ruin. We must put criteria on it, and that is what we are doing. If we have players coming out of the academy, we make them a very good present and future offer and it turns out that his representative is comparing and delaying the decision; It is understandable that I do not like the situation. I would encourage him to accept it as soon as possible, because he also helps us plan », warned the president, who was very upset with the staff.
“I end the season pissed off and disappointed. Disappointed because, although I am aware that we have had injuries, you cannot lose against Cádiz, Rayo and Villarreal at home. I am disappointed with the attitude of the team. I have suffered as much or more than Xavi due to that lack of character. I do not understand it and it has been a great disappointment. This team has never had a leadership and I have been disappointed and pissed off », he lamented. "And we must add that we have not won any of the finals we played last week, neither the women's nor basketball. Is it worth reaching the Final Four in basketball? Yes, but it is not admissible to lose how we lost to Madrid in the semi-final. Let's see if handball gives us joy in Europe and futsal, in the league. But in general terms I am disappointed and pissed off, ”the leader settled.
These words of Laportya have caused discomfort and surprise in the environment of Gavi. In fact, Iván de la Peña says he still has no firm proposal from Barcelona. After the last meeting between the agent and Mateu Alemany, two weeks ago, both parties showed their willingness. Gavi and De la Peña have always shown their willingness to continue at Barcelona and their entourage ensures that they hope to reach a favorable agreement for both parties.