Bartomeu: No elections

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed he has no intention of calling elections at the Catalan club.

Bartomeu assumed the position upon the resignation of Sandro Rosell amid calls for a vote on the Presidency to take place.

But in an interview with Spanish television, AS reports that Bartomeu has said he will see out the term of his predecessor.

“There won’t be elections. We have been elected,” Bartomeu said.

“We have a project until 2016 and according to the club’s constitution, if a President resigns, executives continue, so no, no elections. We will continue for two years.

“We’ll talk about the changes that need to occur for next year. We will spend many weeks working on the future but we can’t announce anything yet because we are still in competition.

“It’s not time. What I will say in advance is there will be a revolution as deep as Laporta.

“We respect the Coach and still have five League games so we have to look forward.

“We are very close to the League leader, who might fail. We’ll talk about other issues but for now let’s focus on the League.

“We will support him and give him confidence for the next games.”

The future of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was also raised and Bartomeu confirmed the former goalkeeper will stay in his position.

“Andoni will lead the extensive refurbishment and we hope he accomplishes it,” the President said.

“He is working so it happens. Many decisions have already been taken and we will announce them in time.

“We have worked very hard and very well.”

Lionel Messi’s future was also discussed and Bartomeu repeated that Barca want to keep the Argentine, intending to build the team around him.

Bartomeu warned however that too much has been expected of Messi this season.

“We aren’t being fair to Leo. He has led the team for several years and he has done very well,” Bartomeu continued.

“We have no doubt he will lead the future of the club and that’s what we want.

“He’s very young, he’s the best player in the world and we rely on him.

“We’re not talking about a new contract but an amendment to the current one,” Bartomeu clarified.

“His contract runs until 2018 but I want to make an improvement to adapt to the current situation of football. We only ask that the fans support us as before with this effort.”

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