Laporta: "I hope Messi keeps running the show"

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has heaped praise on Lionel Messi and says he hopes the Argentine star keeps running the show at the Camp Nou.

While speaking to TV channel Cuatro, he had a few to say about his plans if he were to be elected as president and also spoke about other Barça-related matters.

He said of Lionel Messi's power: "I hope Leo keeps running the show to a great extent. He will never call for a coach's head. What we have to do is create a team in which he feels thoroughly at ease. We're talking about the best player in the history of football".

Regarding the coaching situation at the club, he said: "Luis Enrique will be the coach [next season]. I'm on friendly terms with Pep and if he were interested in coming back, we'd talk about it".

He was also keen to quash rumours of any possible move for Los Blancos' Sergio Ramos: "He's a Real Madrid icon and is negotiating a new contract. I've already got payback for Figo with Eto'o. As everyone knows, what goes around comes around".

The 53-year-old also spoke me of the differences with Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu: "They whipped up a lot of resentment with their vote of censure... They got up to all sorts.

"I don't like the anthem being booed, but I understand the reason behind it," he said when asked about the Spanish national anthem being booed before the Copa del Rey final tie against Athletico Bilbao Or Malaga.

Quote Source: Marca

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