Laporta ready to stand for Barcelona re-election

The former Blaugrana president has criticised incumbent Sandro Rosell's running of the club and has confirmed that he will enter the 2016 elections
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has launched an attack on successor Sandro Rosell and has confirmed his desire to run for re-election in 2016.

The 50-year-old believes the club dealt with the contract renewals of ex-coach Pep Guardiola and goalkeeper Victor Valdes badly and has again voiced his belief that the future Bayern Munich boss's exit was due in part to Rosell's regime.

“Every day I’m more excited and more ready to be president again," he is quoted as saying by AS.

"There will be elections in 2016 and that will be the time to reflect if I can do it on a professional, personal and family level.”

“I don’t think the club did enough to try and convince Pep to stay. If he was fed up, the board was partly to blame.

“I respect Valdes’ decision, but you have to ask yourself why this board does not want players as important as him to stay.”

Laporta also said that the club are wrong to recruit players without the approval of Tito Vilanova and voiced his concern that Neymar could prove a divisive signing.

“I appreciate Vilanova a lot, but he surprised me when he said 'the board gives me the players who I have to coach'. A coach must have his own set of rules, he cannot be a simple spectator.

“What I like the most about Neymar is the humility he showed when he arrived. Although many Barca fans, such as [Johan] Cruyff, fear that the signing will create certain divisions, I hope it doesn’t happen”.