Date: 15th February 2011 at 10:23am
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For all their wonderful football, those guys at Barcelona are really an unsavoury bunch.

During the summer I commended Arsenal for staving off Barcelona’s advances for Cesc Fabregas despite one of the most blatant cases of tapping up I or anyone has every seen. It seemed everyone at the club had an opinion on the midfielder all sharing the same point that Cesc wanted and should be allowed to return to Barcelona.

Of course he didn’t and as of this moment is still an Arsenal player but it looks like the Catalonians are still on the trail of the midfielder after Joan Laporta’s recent and most arrogant comments:

“I would have liked it if Cesc came to Barca in the way Pique came, he ­abandoned Manchester United, making it clear he was going to Barca. He and Cesc are players that were formed here. The English come here to do fishing. They came to fish for Pique and Cesc. It’s an issue of justice, we now want to recover them.”

As far as I’m aware Pique didn’t abandon Manchester United, the defender felt chances would be hard to come by with both Rio and Vidic here so asked to be allowed to leave and Sir Alex complied. He has been nothing but complimentary when speaking of Sir Alex and the club so this new version of events that Laporta has concocted is not only false but insulting to a club like Manchester United.

I used to hear people say they disliked Barca and I didn’t understand why but slowly I’m beginning to see it, Laporta may no longer be involved in the club in an official capacity but his views echo current president Sandro Rosell’s, who he brought to the club when he became president.

I would like to hope that Barcelona isn’t actually as arrogant a club as they are seeming but I am seeing no reason as to believe otherwise.


8 responses to ““He ­abandoned Manchester United.””

  1. reyals says:

    meh…non-story, really couldn’t be arsed about Laporta running his mouth off in another spate of verbal diarrhea.

  2. david says:

    Is this really news worthy? Probably just got translated incorrectly.
    Barca have massive respect for united, reading far too much into this.

    • Chudi says:

      Is it not the news?
      You can assume it was translated incorrectly when this is confirmed I’ll write stating that it was.

  3. Very well written.
    Super blog.
    Well, even if he wanted to go, if Sir Alex wanted him to say, he would have stayed. He was sold because we had Johnny Evans in the reserve
    Cheers 🙂

  4. kieran says:

    Very good point here. Despite their wonderful football Barcelona are an arrogant club. They are also very,very sore losers (witness the reaction to losing to Inter in last year’s CL and when they DREW with Copenhagen this season).
    Barcelona only get away with it because they play such attractive football – which I love to watch I’m not anti-Barca or anything.

  5. Darren says:

    Fishing??? Seems Laporta forgot that Barca “fished” Lionel Messi from Newell’s Old Boys!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Oz says:

    Ummm No, Barca didn’t ‘fish’ Messi from NOB.

    Barca offered money for a player, paid for his medical expenses and for his family to relocate.

    and to Kratik, you an have Johnny Evans 😀 Old whiskeynose made a huge mistake letting Pique leave.

  7. james holden says:

    I remember a couple of months back reading an interview with pique, who had nothing but respect for utd and sir Alex but he saw no way past Rio and vidic. Respectfully Alex let him go, which he now regrets. It was a bad move in hindsight. Laporta is just running his mouth trying to stir some movement.