Haaland

Despite new Barcelona CEO Ferran Reverter having hinted that the club would be able to make a star signing in the near future, vice-president Rafa Yuste has dampened those hopes.

Yuste is keen on taking a more careful approach when it comes to the transfer market, alluding to Barcelona’s economic troubles caused by the previous presidency under Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Erling Haaland has been earmarked as Barcelona’s next marquee signing but, while Yuste acknowledged the Norwegian’s immense talent, he was not keen on making massive promises to the Blaugrana faithful.

“I prefer to be governed by the principle of prudence. We come from a situation of a huge economic crisis, therefore prudence,” Yuste told Mundo Deportivo.

“I do not see Haaland [signing] happening now. From now to next year we will see what the situation is and what we can do in terms of signings.

“First we have to lay the foundations of a house that we have found in ruins, so let’s focus first on fortifying it.

“Let’s feed those at home first and then we’ll see what else we can do, without losing sight of the fact that we always want to have the best, and Haaland is one of the best in the world.”

Yuste described Bartomeu’s management of the club as “disastrous” and recalled that the former president bought players without knowing if the club was able to do so financially.

“The only thing he did was increase the debt, in addition to leaving the wage bill that we have found,” Yuste said.

Yuste admits that working with Ronald Koeman hasn’t always been easy but that he has respect and belief in the coach.

“Ronald is a great person, very clear and very friendly, and although there are times that we do not like what he says, he has reiterated this [personality] many times,” he said.

“But he does not tell things as an excuse. For example, he tells us that he cannot play a 4-3-3 because he has no wingers because they are injured.

“More than a supporter of Ronald, what I will do is support to the death the coach who is there. We have spoken with the captains and we have told them not only that we believe in Koeman, rather, that the Laporta board wants to deepen this new project.”

Finally, Yuste spoke about the departure of Leo Messi, assuring that he and the board spoke face to face with the player’s father, but without arguing.

“I showed him the club’s [financial] situation, that when we arrived we thought it was a bad one, but that when we were already negotiating we found out that the economic situation was not bad but a technical failure,” he said.

“In all the negotiations, and especially with people you’re speaking with and love a lot, there are different phases where tension is normal, positive tension, of course.

“When both parties want to continue together but you see that, for many reasons, in this case due to the [financial] fair play of LaLiga, it will not be possible and it is difficult for the other party to understand it, it is normal that there is [tension],” he said.

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