🗣 Ramon Planes (Former Barça technical director) told Sky Sport on Messi's departure: "I did not expect @Leo Messi to leave, I thought he would leave in 2 years. For Barça is difficult in the post-Messi era, but it is easier with this new generation of young people." "We thought of this possibility to face the club's economic situation. La Masia is a factory from which historically many top players have come out, we have searched first in our academy and Barcelona has a magnificent generation of new talents. Today Barcelona has the strongest generation of youngsters in Europe." On @Lautaro Martínez: "Lautaro was very close to Barcelona. The negotiations were before Covid. We had many meetings with his agents and Inter, with whom we have an excellent relationship. Then there was the pandemic and football changed economically." On @Manuel Locatelli and @Dusan Vlahovic: "We thought of both of them [for Barcelona]. Vlahovic is very strong and we thought about a loan 2 years ago. We were interested in this loan but it was not possible." On Napoli vs Barcelona️: "I believe and hope that Barcelona will win the game, even if in Naples is a difficult and impressive environment."
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