In the 2021 elections in Barcelona Joan Laporta is expected to run for the presidency again.
Laporta hopes to get back to the hot seat after serving as president at Camp Nou from 2003 to 2010.
Laporta told TV3’s ‘Tot es Mou’, confirming his intentions to run, “It’s a dramatic situation and we’re working on a proposal to turn things around.”
“I’m excited about it. I’ve already been president and I’m looking forward to continuing to work for Barcelona.”
“I’m looking forward to managing a period in the club’s history where there will be players with a few years left who played when I was the last president.”
“The institutional image has to be changed because the image they’ve had in recent years isn’t what the club wants.”
Laporta oversaw the all-conquering reign of Pep Guardiola at the club, and he’d been eager to get a comeback from the Manchester City coach.
“I’d love for Guardiola to return,” Laporta added.
“But he’s at City now and it’s a decision he has to make.”
“He’s an important figure for Barcelona and a lot of Catalans would like him to be a coach again.”
“When the time is right I’ll speak to the person I think should be Barcelona coach from 2021 onwards.”
Barcelona approached Xavi Hernandez to succeed Ernesto Valverde, but despite turning the club down, one day he’s likely to return as a coach.
“He [Xavi] must decide when the right time is,” Laporta explained.
“We have to think that in 2021 there’ll still be players who were Xavi’s teammates and leading them won’t be easy.”
“But he is an honest person and knows a lot about football.”
“He’ll make the right decision and sooner or later he’ll end up coaching Barcelona.”