The candidate for the presidency of Barça admits contacts with Juventus, but denies that there is a request of Luis Enrique
The candidate for the presidency of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, stressed in statements to COPE that the signing of Arda Turan was "very advanced" when he resigned. Bartomeu said that "we wait until the clubs finished the season. They are 2 players who asked Luis Enrique", referring to the Turkish and Aleix Vidal. The candidate for the presidency of FC Barcelona said that "I spoke with Arda on the dates of the Champions League final to tell him that we wanted him to join Barça. When I resigned his signing was very advanced, but I didn't finished it. I won't presume this in the future. I have already congratulated him for being with us, and to Luis Enrique I told him he has already the player he wanted".
Bartomeu added in reference to Pogba that Juventus already told him he won't come, nor Pogba wasn't asked by Luis Enrique. He stressed that "the trip to meet with Juventus it wasn't planned when I was there. But the club is still working".
The candidate also praised as a success the fact of its board of joining the trident of such quality as Barça has: "Gather Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez was a success of his directive. I thank Luis Suarez to come when there were better offer than ours". But he avoids responsibility in the Neymar case: "The issue of FIFA worries me, not the Neymar one. Barça hasn't done nothing wrong. There are people interested in shaking the club. It's normal that this has been done a big theater. This finishes in anything. I'm charged to defend Barça. Someone didn't like that Neymar plays with Barça".
And speaking of the election campaign and the controversy of he hadn't assisted in any of the debates, he said that "the debates would suppose to didn't go to some events with Barça fans. I didn't like the tone in them, there were only personal remarks".