Barcelona Additionally mentioned dispute with the membership
Former Barcelona worldwide soccer advisor Ariedo Braida has revealed that the Blaugrana by no means tried to amass the companies of Paul Pogba, and likewise claimed that the membership believed that Erling Haaland was not a participant who may match within the Camp Nou facet’s model.
In an interview for MARCA a few days earlier than the Champions League match between the Catalans and Juventus, Braida additionally revealed every little thing about his dispute with the Barcelona board, Messi’s future and the membership’s academy merchandise.
Q. What actually occurred between you and Barcelona?
A. I went to Barcelona as a result of they requested me to take action. Originally I used to be fairly good, they defined to me that they’d create a sports activities fee for signings that will be composed of President [Josep Maria] Bartomeu, Vice-president Javier Bordas, Jordi Mestre, Albert Soler and me. Effectively, that fee was by no means created. It appeared like they have been going to do it, however then they stopped. I labored for a few years at a fantastic membership, much like Barcelona, in AC Milan, I’m very skilled and I all the time attempt to do a great job, however that was not appreciated at Barcelona. In any case, that is life, I’ve to maneuver on. On December 1 we’ve a court docket date, though I believe that we are going to not get to it as a result of I need and hope that we are going to discover a answer earlier than that date.
Q. Do you’re feeling that they didn’t behave within the appropriate manner with you within the remaining a part of your time as an advisor at Barcelona?
A. At first they didn’t worth me and in the long run they disrespected me a little bit. That is how I see it. I’ve no doubts about my professionalism and my persona. Subsequently, with this lawsuit I solely need the respect that I believe I deserve. Nothing else.
Q. You might have commented that the intention is to achieve an settlement with the membership. I perceive that Barcelona are additionally in search of that decision.
A. I do not wish to struggle with anybody, I am simply in search of an answer for my case. I had two years left on my contract they usually fired me with none rationalization. However as I used to be telling you earlier than, I hope we will discover an settlement and we will all be pleased.
Q. You’re the man who introduced in a number of of the good names in Milan’s historical past: Ruud Gullit, Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko, Thiago Silva… And plenty of followers surprise why this didn’t occur at Barcelona.
A. They didn’t give me the duty they usually put others answerable for this. I used to be finding out gamers and I wrote down some names like Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, when he was nonetheless enjoying in Norway. However on the membership they informed me no, that he did not have the Barcelona profile. I additionally urged different gamers from Italy, like [Nicolo] Barella, who’s now at Inter, or [Nicolo] Zaniolo, who performs at Roma. But when you do not have the duty to do that as a result of it has been given to others, you may’t do something. I used to be remoted.
Q. Following what you stated, do you assume that at Barcelona there are numerous individuals working however few who actually learn about soccer, not like you?
A. I can’t assess that. In soccer, when you have somebody necessary at a fantastic membership, like me, I’ve to be given the chance to work. Then I’ll resolve if I signal this participant or that, however the duty must be mine. I’m the one which responds to all of the signings. For instance, [former Milan president Silvio] Berlusconi is a good character, nevertheless it was not straightforward to work with him. We did it for 27 years and once I urged a signing, even when no one within the membership wished it, they gave me the duty. That is the way it works, as a result of if not, the duty doesn’t belong to anybody.
Q. Relating to Paul Pogba, right here in Spain it was stated that Braida was behind the signing and that Barcelona appointed you since you may carry the participant. Was this so?
A. It is not a lie. It’s true that Albert Soler and I went to Milan and met with the Juventus board, however regardless of the talks, there was no actual intention to signal him. The truth is, Pogba ended up staying in Turin that summer season and didn’t go to a different membership. I stated he was a fantastic participant, I used to be speaking about it with Albert Soler, with whom I consider we had a great private relationship, however once more, professionally, we could not work collectively as a result of I wasn’t allowed to.
Q. It is rather necessary that they didn’t let you do your job.
A. The board offers you the duty. They stated that I used to be not grateful, however they didn’t know. I appreciated going to see boys from the academy, Riqui Puig, [Carles] Alena, and so forth. I informed them in my first 12 months that Alena had progressed. Puig, Monchu, [Alex] Collado, [Ronald] Araujo … I even checked out Ansu Fati, and actually I spoke to his father a number of occasions within the coaching floor. I actually appreciated that job as a result of it was superb to see guys progress over the months. I noticed a sure participant and I already knew that he had numerous potential, though later there was discuss of others who actually had no future.
Q. I perceive that you simply received to know Lionel Messi. What do you assume will occur to him sooner or later?
A. This summer season in Italy many journalists requested me, and I informed them he would keep. Messi is a singular, nice, and particular person participant. I believe that Barcelona are an enormous membership and is synonymous with Messi. He’s the primary.