Iniesta slams Club President Bartomeu

Barcelona club legend Andres Iniesta has condemned the way in which club president Joseph Bartomeu is conducting a search for a new manager.

Iniesta is one of the most well-respected people at Barcelona and he has clearly shown that he does not support the Club president Bartomeu’s approach.

“Barcelona’s behaviour has been a little ugly,” he said. “You have to have respect for your current coach. The way things are done is what can hurt the most.” 

Iniesta recognised that “Valverde’s situation has been weakened” over the past few days. Despite that, the Vissel Kobe player added that “I don’t speak much with (president Josep Maria) Bartomeu but the relationship is good, both with him and people at Barça.” In that sense, he hopes “the situation at the club is solved because it’s not nice what’s going on, not for the coach, the players or the fans.” 

“The person who knows best whether he’s prepared or not is Xavi,” said Iniesta. 

As for the other candidates, another name that has come up is the former Barcelona player Ronald Koeman, who’s currently in charge of the Netherlands. 

“Koeman and Xavi have been at Barça… one has more experience but that isn’t decisive…” Iniesta said.

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