Rosell to run for Barcelona re-election in 2016

The current Blaugrana president confirms to the club's senior board members that he intends to stand for office once again to help the Catalan side build on their success
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has announced that he intends to run for office once more in 2016.

The 49-year-old, who was first elected to the position in 2010, confirmed his intentions at a meeting of the club's senior board members and believes the club can continue to flourish under his leadership.

"It is my intention to present myself for re-election in 2016, to ask the members to again give us their confidence to complete making good the challenges we still face," he declared.

"Among us all, we must build the future that Barca deserve, we must keep being a club that stand out for their style of play, their management, their values and who are concerned with their country.

"We want to keep growing, and we are on a good path. We are full of excitement for the present and the future that awaits us.

"We must keep watering the garden at La Masia, keep backing a model of play which maintains sporting excellence, work to strengthen our finances and offer our members the best proposals to have a stadium at the standard of our team. These challenges for the future excite us a lot."

Rosell went on to talk about his administration's cutting of the club's debt from €431 million (£370m) to €298m (£254.5m) but insisted that they must continue to reduce the figure.

"We inherited a very delicate situation and we guaranteed part of the budget with our own personal resources," he added.

"This year we are on a good path but our challenge remains to reduce the debt. We must keep working together to continue being the best club in the world."