Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Barcelona president: EPL clubs - our main rivals
Ahead of the UEFA Champions League match against Arsenal, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “Premier League teams will have an incredible financial situation from now on and we are worried. For Barcelona [the Premier League is] our main adversary, main rival.”
“The Premier League is the best football competition. It has the most interest for fans and [biggest] revenues. They are doing things [well] and keeping teams in the competition [for titles], where everyone being equal is of interest for everybody.We have different budgets in Spain and it would be difficult for someone [like] Leicester to be top of the league,” Bartomeu added.
The president concluded: “We have to do our best to increase our revenues and our financial situation to make the talent of our teams stay with us. That is why I am so worried and we are working on this. We want to keep the talent at home.I know our players are in touch with other clubs, it’s normal. None of our players said they want to leave. Most get better economical offers, but our players are not in Barcelona for the money, they are there because of the football and the fans’ commitment.”