Carlos Tusquets spends his last hours under the spotlight. “I hope I can dedicate myself to working on my things from now on,” he explains over the phone. Still taking calls.
The former president of the management board knows better than anyone the catatonic state of the FC Barcelona accounts inherited by Joan Laporta , hence his testimony is sought. Before leaving, he left 14 folders with documentation in the offices that the new president must address immediately to straighten the economy of the ocean liner.
Are there 14 folders as an accomplice wink to Laporta ?, he is asked. “By Cruyff 14 ? No, no, it’s funny but it’s pure coincidence ”, laughs Tusquets, who denies leaving the front row stressed.
“I have managed it without stress or worry, I have managed large companies and banks, I think I have criteria to manage this type of thing. What does change and is something out of common is the level of repercussion that Barça has ”
“I have managed it without stress or worry, I have managed large companies and banks, I think I have criteria to manage this type of thing. What does change and is something out of common is the level of repercussion that Barça has. You say a word and it is interpreted in 10 different ways. This is what dislodges the most, honestly. ”
Tusquets, marked by that old phrase that he would organize the elections as soon as possible (and it ended up being something else, certainly) and by his observation that the sale of Leo Messi would have been good for the Barça treasury , it seems now willing to turn the page to this intense phase of his life.
Help with decisions
With Laporta there has been a tension during the campaign that now prefers to park. “I have known him for years, more than 30, and we even ran for elections together with Bassat. I mean, I know him very well. I suppose he has used his electoral techniques, but I have a very good relationship with him regardless of what the forms look like, and above all I have always wanted to defend the club ”.
The 14 folders have been put together, he says, to help the incoming board make its decisions. The content? “It’s very easy to understand. The basic folders are those that refer to the economic situation.
That the state of the treasury is clear, the situation of relations with banks and creditors, the offers regarding Barça Corporate, contracts that must be signed by a board and not a manager, hiring matters at Espai Barça … all the areas of the club, that they know the expenses by department and how they can be improved… In short, to facilitate and help in their arrival ”.
About the contravals
Tusquets, a 70-year-old economist, showed in statements to other media his perplexity at the nightly thriller that the obtaining of the endorsement became. You do not want to influence it. It only issues a warning regarding external countervails, which as is known include the contributions of José Elías, from Audax, and Jaume Roures, from Mediapro, although he clarified that he does so through another of his companies .
“I hope that the intention of the guarantors is to recover the guarantee as soon as possible, which will mean that the club has given benefits and they can, therefore, withdraw their contribution”
“I hope that the intention of the guarantors is to recover the guarantee as soon as possible, which will mean that the club has given benefits and they can, therefore, withdraw their contribution, with which I would be delighted.” Do you sense future conflicts of interest? “It is not up to me to value that. There are enough control bodies within the club ”, he remarks.
The former president of the manager underlines that the 300 million euros that are going to stop entering can be alleviated if a series of conditions that appear in its 14 folders are met. It will depend on whether the public returns to the stadium and the museum, whether any of the four offers for Corporate are consumed, of more than 200 million each, from the sales of players … “It is not about betting to earn profits in this year in which there has been no income, if not to look to the future ”.
It will depend on this combination that it is sooner rather than later that a mega star, like Haaland, can be bid again. At the moment, the wage bill, adding amortizations, reaches 90% of the budget, about 650 million. Come on, the water reaches the neck.
“From minute 1 Koeman made himself available to us and told us to pay him when we could. It is a deep culé ”
With the players, as is known, payments were deferred for the next four years. And in this sense, no one speaks better than Ronald Koeman. “From minute 1 he made himself available to us and told us to pay him when we could. It is a deep culé ”.
Can you speak equally well of the players? Are they special treatment? “Well, there are people who know how to relate to special people. Laporta, for example, knows how to relate very well with the players,” he says. And it says no more. “I try not to go into any garden.”