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Cruyff Supports Laporta Ahead Of Vote

The Dutch legend lent his support to the current board after a vote of no confidence was successfully brought against them by two club members who are disgruntled with the way the club is run.

Laporta could be forced to resign if more than 65 per cent of club members vote yes in the vote and that would mean presidential elections being called for September.

"To be a club member gives you some advantages, but also obligations. One of them is going to vote next Sunday. I will be voting to keep the same people in place," Cruyff was quoted by Sport as saying.

"That is not because they are my friends. I will vote not because they will stay for four more years, but because they should finish their term in office.

"One must accept the motion because it is within the rules, but when a president is chosen, it is for four years."

Despite stating that his view was impartial, Cruyff then spelt out all the good things that the current Barça regime have done for the club.

"On a sporting note, two league and the Champions League is very good. The prestige has returned, the 'mès que un club' (more than a club) idea has gone global, the agreement with UNICEF, the financial turnaround have all gone very well," he continued.

"There maybe some things that should not have been done , but those are not up for discussion."

Finally, Cruyff talked about the new players at the club so far this summer, because if Laporta has to step down then there will be freeze onall transfer activity.

"I can tell you that the signings in previous seasons have been very good, but I am not going to give my opinion on the current ones because they have yet to work with the coaches," he said.

"I think that the team will start to win trophies again under Guardiola because he is a winner and is accustomed to success."

Lucas Brown,