Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman insists his players aren’t worried by the club’s financial situation amid concerns over skyrocketing debt.
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Barca’s latest financial figures, dated August 17 but released just this month after their previous general meeting postponed, indicate their total debt has now exceeded â¬ 1.1 billion.
Their short-term debt stands at â¬ 730m, after an increase of â¬ 225m since the 2018-19 season in large part due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic: in particular, the lack of income on match days as matches continue to be played behind closed doors, and the reduction in the number of tourists visiting Camp facilities Nou.
Even if BarÃ§a lead the 2021 Deloitte Football Money League With total revenues of â¬ 715.1million, the striking figures released by the club paint a worrying picture for potential new presidents Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa.
Last November, it was announced that the players had agreed to a pay cut that would save the club â¬ 122m and help avoid widespread layoffs of non-playing staff, but interim president Carlos Tusquets claimed last month that the team would not be paid for January. due to the precarious financial situation.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s match against Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey, Koeman stressed that the senior team are fully focused on maintaining their trophy.
“BarÃ§a is a big club which has been affected by the covid and which suffers more than others, also on the tourism side”, he said. âBut all great teams can take numbers that aren’t good, not just here.
“The players are focused and don’t worry about it. We are focused on our job.”
Player salaries: paid or unpaid in January?
Asked if some Barca salaries were too high, Koeman replied: “The club do the contract and the player accepts it or not. We have to train and win games and trophies. We have all helped. the club with the pay cut. “
He added about the non-payment of January wages: ” I do not know if that’s true. You should ask.
Koeman is siding with second-division Rayo, with the Copa del Rey possibly being Barca’s best chance to win the silverware this season, with both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid out.
Although he can run his starting lineup, Koeman expects Lionel Messi to be eager to play after missing two games due to suspension.
“It depends on the state of the players. If there are tired boys, we will have to change”, he said.
âWe will have a strong team to get through this tie. We know the road is shorter to win something. The teams that remain are strong and we saw that in the Supercopa de Espana.
“[Messi] is really looking forward to playing and winning things. He’s a winning player who wants titles. We have to wait until the morning to know if he will play.
“To win anything we need a fit Messi.”