Barcelona advisor talks de Jong, Araujo, Real Madrid, and summer signings

Barcelona are gearing up for an important summer ahead. They are going to face a tricky test balancing their finances as they look to undergo a major shake-up and build a team capable of taking on the best in Europe next season.

Jordi Cruyff offered similar thoughts during his recent presser, as relayed by Diario SPORT, stating: “From here on, we have to achieve our objectives and work to improve the squad.”

an interview where he spoke at length on Barcelona’s agenda and objectives in the transfer market, the advisor stated that it is essential the board builds a strong team for Xavi ahead of the upcoming campaign.

“The important thing will be to make a balanced squad and find players with certain characteristics. Sometimes we forget that for a ‘crack’ to work, the team must be balanced”, said Cruyff.

“Football is changing, and we have to be open to these changes. It is important to analyse the situation well and to make sure that there is a good harmony between the coach and the club. We have to be prepared to make the necessary moves.

“I prefer not to talk much about names. As of today, the last thing we can do is to make the possible transfers more expensive. We want to give the best possible team to the coach,” the Dutchman added.

Cruyff stated it is going to be tricky for the club to adhere to the FFP rules but the Barcelona advisor said the club are looking forward to the challenge.

“Upcoming transfer window? Everything will depend on how we can strive. The issue of fair play will be key and we are excited.”

Jordi Cruyff was also asked about the future of some of the Barcelona stars, including Ronald Araujo and Frenkie de Jong. He remained coy on the issues, adding:

“Araújo’s renewal? In the coming weeks we will work on the continuity of players we count on. We will try to have the same success. We’ll see if we succeed.”

With Frenkie de Jong linked with an exit, he was naturally asked to comment on the same.

“Rumours about Frenkie de Jong? This is not the time to talk about this kind of thing. There is an obligation to meet the objectives of this season before looking at the future of any of us”, said the Dutchman.

Finally, Cruyff was asked about Real Madrid, in light of their promising run in the UEFA Champions League. He heaped praise on Los Blancos, admitting there is no luck attached to their performances in the UCL.

“Real Madrid’s Champions League run? When they’ve been doing it for several knockout rounds in a row, it’s not luck. It’s a quality they have of belief, of character, of mentality. You have to have a bit of luck, but when something is repetitive, it can’t be luck.”

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