Barcelona players ‘are angry with Joan Laporta’ after the club president criticised club captains – including Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique – and Frenkie de Jong for refusing to take a pay cut amid club’s financial struggles.
There’s more unsettlement at Barcelona after president Joan Laporta criticised players for not taking a salary cut, according to a report.
The Catalan side have been hit by major financial struggles off the field and had to rush to register their summer signings as they struggled with Financial Fair Play limitations.
Laporta used a Members’ Assembly to ask the likes of Frenkie De Jong and other senior players to reduce their salaries, and, according to Helena Condis via Cope, several of the club’s stars, including Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique, are said to have taken exception to the 60-year-old’s comments.
Players such as Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba have publicly taken salary reductions to help the club, with board members having to cut their pay so the club could register summer signing Jules Kounde in LaLiga.
It is reported that players were angered by the approach ahead of a vital week in the club’s season with a game versus Inter Milan in the Champions League coming before El Clasico against Real Madrid in a top-of-the-table clash at the weekend.
Laporta said: ‘We have tried it with several players and not only has it not come out but we have had to guarantee the £8.8million that [we] were missing.
‘If there had been reductions of some players, that guarantee should not have been made, we accepted it with sportsmanship.’