The next generation are coming: Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu promises a ‘takeover’ of young stars such as Pedri and Trincao to back up the Nou Camp’s ageing heroes next season
- Barcelona have signed Las Palmas’ Pedri and Braga’s Trincao for next season
- The club also agreed a deal for midfielder Matheus Fernandes in January
- Academy products Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig have broken into the first team
- President Josep Bartomeu is excited about mixing them in with Lionel Messi
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has promised a ‘takeover’ of young stars at the club next season to support their more experienced players.
The Catalan giants have already signed Las Palmas’ 17-year-old attacking midfielder Pedri and 20-year-old Portuguese forward Francisco Trincao from Braga ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Barcelona also agreed a deal with Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo for 22-year-old midfielder Matheus Fernandes on transfer deadline day in January before he was shipped out to Real Valladolid on loan for the rest of the season.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has promised a ‘takeover’ of youngsters at the club
The club have already signed 17-year-old attacking midfielder Pedri (front) from Las Palmas
Academy products Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig – who have been promoted to the first team along with centre-back Ronald Araujo – were also one of the few shining lights for Quique Setien’s side, who have also brought in experienced Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
But speaking to Spanish outlet Diario Sport, Bartomeu insisted Fati and Puig’s introduction was just the beginning of a youth revolution at Camp Nou to back up the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
‘I don’t agree when it is said that these group of players who are older than 30 have lost their ambition,’ Bartomeu said. ‘They are the best. They play very well. They train well and try. They have ambition.
The Catalan giants have also brought in 20-year-old Braga forward Francisco Trincao
Barcelona agreed a deal with Brazilian side Palmeiras for Matheus Fernandes in January
The club also saw academy products such as Ansu Fati break into the first team in 2019-20
‘The best thing is the combination, their experience combined with those who are coming in. They keep their ambition intact, the desire to win and enjoy. And if sometimes they get angry and make comments it is because they are competitive and want to win.
‘The next generation are coming. But the most beautiful thing about football is to combine these players from in-house who have been winning for many years with these youngsters who come with the desire to win.
‘The older players are still ambitious, I’m not only talking about Leo, but also about Suarez, [Gerard] Pique, [Jordi] Alba, [Sergio] Busquets etc., these players who are already 30, without forgetting about people like [Clement] Lenglet, [Ousmane] Dembele, [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen or [Nelson] Semedo, who are young.
‘Now another crop of youngsters have come: three signings, including Matheus, and three promoted from the B team. The arrival of seven players in one year, including Pjanic, is not bad, it is a third of a squad.’
Bartomeu believes a mixing youngsters with the experience of Lionel Messi is the way to go
The club have also signed experienced Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic for next season