November 6, 2020 7:10:07 pm
Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of 20-times Grand Slam tennis champion Rafa, might be in line for a spot on the board of Barcelona after asserting on Friday he has joined the group of presidential candidate Victor Font.
Font is the favorite to win the upcoming election, which can happen no later then subsequent March however might be held earlier after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as president final month with a view to keep away from a vote of no confidence.
If Font wins the presidency, Nadal can be in control of institutional relations and can lead a brand new division created to advertise good behaviour amongst youth gamers.
“I’m excited and I hope to contribute to making sure Barcelona stays the largest membership on the earth and the highest consultant of Catalonia,” Nadal mentioned at a presentation on Friday.
“I wish to create a mannequin wherein all gamers, from youth stage up, be taught not simply to play soccer however the way to characterize an establishment which is second solely to the regional authorities of Catalonia, and that brings with it an enormous dedication.”
Toni’s brother Miguel Angel Nadal made greater than 200 appearances for Barca as a defender, enjoying alongside present coach Ronald Koeman in Johan Cruyff’s well-known ‘Dream Crew’ which gained the membership’s first European Cup in 1992.
However nephew Rafa is an ardent Actual Madrid fan.
“I’m very conscious that my nephew is a Actual Madrid fan and my brother a former Barcelona participant however I don’t hate our rivals,” he added.
“What I’m involved about is Barca and that they do in addition to doable, no matter whether or not Rafa helps Actual Madrid or Fuenlabrada.”
Nadal additionally mentioned he and Font would do their greatest to make sure Lionel Messi stays on the membership and indicators a brand new contract earlier than his present deal expires in June.
“We have now to make an enormous effort to make sure he’s joyful to be with us,” he mentioned.
“It’s horrible that the very best participant within the membership’s historical past needed to depart. It shouldn’t be doable for him to be sad. We have now to create a local weather whereby he feels comfortable.”
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