Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Agent Eto'o Press Conference: Live Coverage

Josep Maria Mesalles, the agent of Barcelona forward and Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o, has said at a press conference that the player didn't yet talk about figures with Manchester City an that all figures put forward by the media are as a consecuence false.

The club has been spreading figures that aren't true and has leaked to the press that they were about to offer a renewal, while the player nor the agent had heard anything from the club.

The agent has been told that Guardiola and the club don't want Eto'o anymore. The player had told the club he wouldn't have any problem to continue at Barcelona earning the same wages. Barcelona had offered the player to renew with a lower salry. Last night, a new offer came.

Core of the message: the club has been speaking with a double tongue and has been misleading the fans, using the media and twisting facts.

The agent is now showing sms messages he received from club officials. This means war, baby!

e-mail and sms from Sanllehí, 29 June, 11:34 and 11:36 pm: "the Club has decided to offer you the renewal of Eto'o for two more years, keeping the current salary of the player"

If this offer is true, we'll look at it because Eto'o wants to stay and doesn't understand the whole situation.

The club would have been acting like this because someone don't want Eto'o anymore at the club and Mesalles would be surprised if that person would be Guardiola.

Barcelona doesn't want the player and has been spreading lies to the press making Eto'o look greedy, that's why Eto'o doesn't want to renew at this point.

Messales points at Manel Estiarte, confident of Guardiola, as the person who has been constantly leaking to the press.

Eto'o went on holiday thinking that he would be able to continue because he had the suport of the coach and the squad.

There's no offer by Manchester City, this information has been leaked to the press to put pressure on Eto'o to leave.

Eto'o wants to stay but he won't boycott the club if they are looking for another club. The economic part won't be the problem for Eto'o.

In a first meeting, the club told that they wanted to work on the best solution for all parties. Later, they said they didn't want him anymore and started to look at the offers.

The club wanted to sell Eto'o for 30-35 million euro, which the agent thinks is too much for a player with only one year left, that no club will pay that. That's why Barcelona hasn't been able to find a deal with City.

The agent said that if Barcelona would reach an agreement with City, he was willing to start negotiations with the English club.

Mesalles didn't yet talk with City, so if the president talks about a supposed record offer, he's not telling the truth. It's also false that Eto'o has asked half the transfer fee, like media have been suggesting. The talk about a bonus of 15 million euro is absolutely false.

Eto'o wouldn't mind staying, he feels he could still be useful for the club.

The agent doesn't think the coach has made the decision that casused all this. Eto'o didn't hear anything of Guardiola since the end of the season, while Guardiola is someone who always comes out.

Barcelona played a double game by using the media to damage the image of Eto'o and to come out as the good ones.

The player might have made some unclear statements, but it's easy to take words and put them in the wrong context. Eto'o has always felt love for the club. He wants to stay and if that wasn't the case and he wanted to leave, he would be the first to come out asking for a transfer.

Laporta, Txiki and Sanllehí have told the agent that the coach didn't want Eto'o anymore.

The club shouldn't have used the press, they could have said it openly when they wanted the player to leave.

Our mistake could have been not to check if it was true that Guardiola wanted Eto'o out, certainly taking into account the good feeling between the coach and the player during the celebrations and Guardiola saying "see you on 20 July".

If the club doesn't want Eto'o, they should come out and say it. Eto'o would accept that decision and then will look for the best option for the player to continue his sporting career.

We never cared about the money, we are only working for the player to have succes as a football player. It's not about negotiations, it's not about the money.

As things stand now, Eto'o will be at the club the 19th for the medical tests and the 20th for the first training session. He will give everything he has, like he did last year, to do better than the treble.

Eto'o plans to talk with Guardiola in the coming days to hear about his plans first-hand.


ok, boys and girls, let's call it a wrap. stay tuned cause i'm sure there's some more to come in the coming hours and days. and behave in the comments section!

175 comments:

ej said...

as i said yesterday that i have the feeling etoo agent will say stupid things about barca people laughed at me

Anonymous said...

it's going to be he said versus she said. you're going to believe who you want to believe. looks like nothing's changed.

did the agent talk about whether eto'o would renew? all he said was he would have no problem continuing. that sounds like, sure i'd like to collect my big pay check for one last year before i go and sign a new contract with someone else.

he definitely won't renew, anybody that would like to renew would never hold a press conference to basically badmouth the club.

Trickykid said...

ej -

Where exactly is Eto'o saying stupid things about Barca?
Unless they´re blatantly lying about not talking figures with Man City, Laporta has some serious clarifying to do.

ej said...

Trickykid -

look above he said :
"
The club has been spreading figures that aren't true and has leaked to the press that they were about to offer a renewal, while the player nor the agent had heard anything from the club.
"

i think it is offensiv for barca , since i dont agree that my club is a bunch of liars

Anonymous said...

trickykid-

eto'o's agent represents him. his agent is basically saying barcelona are lying to the media to turn fans against them. you either believe him or don't believe him.

Vj said...

This is going to get Messy..

ej said...

Barca only solutio0n :

tell etoo , you have 2 choice ,
1) go to MCIty this year
2) you stay last year with no plaing , even no training and go for free next season


the possibility of renewal is of the table since he have spoken in public against the club.

Trickykid said...

ej and Anonymous -

Yeah, and I agree with that, but on the other hand, as we have no idea who the lying part is, I think it´s too early to condemn anyone.

I just hope Laporta will clarify his previous statements later on.

sashi said...

serious stuff getting out of hand!

barca4life said...

Ok so if etoo wants to stay sign the renewal and get on with it. If not lets not pretend, take your man city money and leave

sashi said...

it says same salary in the sms but the agent says we offered with a pay cut. wat does that mean???

ej said...

Trickykid

sorry but i tend to believe my club especially with etoo history of problems with ronaldinho and deco and rijkard .

anyway in this situation doesnt matter anymore he must leave now , i dont think he will be able to wear barca shirt anymore and if he insist to stay he will spend one of the last 2-3 years he have to play in bench with no playing and most important no Training .

in this way , we will show him that yes he can fuck barca but barca can fuzck him even stronger since 30 M is much but for a player who maybe have only 2 years to play in best level 1 year benched is even more painful

Anonymous said...

No you're right Trickykid, there's no way to know who's telling the truth. I'm certainly not condemning Eto'o for wanting to get as much money as possible, it's his right as an individual. However, my allegiance lies with whatever is best for the club.

I think the interesting thing is, if the club has released false figures, I certainly don't recall. The only thing Laporta has said in public is that he wants to renew Eto'o but not at any cost. And if the club is now willing to extend the contract for 2 more years at the same rate, would he be willing to accept now or is he too 'upset' to accept.

barca4life said...

Ok you dont want the player then take the man city money and leave

Soha_TZ said...

hehehehe now what????

Anonymous said...

released through the press.

barca4life said...

Ok so etoo is upset then take the man city money and leave, why on earth are you staying. I hope for this board's sake that villa really is coming because if they forced etoo out without being sure we can get villa then they are gonna look mighty stupid

tonmoy said...

eto'o s agent is lying.it's crystal clear.first of all he said club wants him to stay witha salary cut.now he showed an sms in which one of the board members asked him to renew for 2 more years with same salary.it's contradictory statement which clearly shows he is a liar

Anonymous said...

tonmoy-

he's saying that the sms message came last night, and it's too late because their feelings are already 'too hurt' to sign a renewal.

barca4life said...

uhm if you read carefully you'd see he said barca had offered the player a lower salary and he got a new offer for the same conditions last night. it isnt contradictory and it had been reported before that barca were offering etoo a pay cut in several media outlets

barca4life said...

There is no offer by man city? Ok Messales now that you have pissed off everybody at the club, what do you hope to accomplish now? You cant renew so leave. Take the offers that will come in (although i cant see who would want this nutcase representing one of their players) and leave

shanewhitehouse said...

I have to say thanks to pep for this.Only for him I would never knew this and I think every one should say thanks pep!!!!!!

Soha_TZ said...

One thing I do not understand. After his agent said this, what does he think, to come to first barca training and act like nothing happend, or is he going to leave? IMO he won't be a barca player or he will rot in reserves. Don't get me wrong, I apreciate very much what eto'o hass done for barca, but this is not the way to solve problems. Funny it's allways eto'o in the middle of some scandal. I wonder why????

james said...

actually eto'o and his agent is leaking information ton press.see last night press was assuming eto'o wants to stay and leave next year free.and here we can see it what his intention.the press reported before board offered him salary cut,last night press reported barca offered renewal to eto'o.from where they are getting information.obviously it's eto'o s agent.he shouldn't call press conference to load against the board.eto'o is employee under the board and it's against professional ethics

Anonymous said...

Pep can you clarify this statement.

"Eto'o wants to stay but he won't boycot the club if they are looking for another club."

He won't boycott Barcelona if Barcelona's looking for a club to sell Eto'o to?

john said...

eto'o is distrubing the club's image and wish to stay.he should rot in the bench if he stays here.he is just setting a bad example for the future players.

groga said...

Eto'o isn't leaking, he just comes out and FACES the media. Nort sneaky like the board, but openly.

Also note: he didn't asked for a pay rise. So far for the greedy part. Or let's wait how the board will react...

barca4life said...

Thats what i'm saying, now that the agent has pissed off everybody at the club what does he think? He thinks etoo is just coming back just like that?

And letting him rot in the reserves does what? Just allows him to leave for free and he can talk to teams from january

barca4life said...

I keep seeing etoo wants to stay, etoo wants to stay, is that a correct translation or is it etoo wanted to stay? Cause it sure doesnt seem like etoo wants to stay now.

Anonymous said...

come on groga, he didn't ask for pay raise but he only wants to 'continue' but not renew? in other words he planned on playing out his contract, in that case of course barcelona would want to sell him.

barcelona offered him an extension and he won't sign because 'the club made him seem greedy'? that's just an excuse for him not to accept the same wages.

barca4life said...

i do think the club tried to force him out though, think about it why were we rushing to renew toure, valdes, messi, puyol and marquez but no mention of etoo at all. Only "the club would like etoo to stay" How's he gonna stay if you only hurriedly offer him a contract last night?

Anonymous said...

I feel very bad is this is true...Shame on you, Etoo! Loyal my ass! He and his agent always said that he wants to stay, not to renew- and then leave for free?! I cant imagine Xavi, Puyol or sb else doing this kinda stuff...Etoo is too egoistic and always put himself infront of team ( this kind of situations!), and he is not anymore Barca legend in my eyes!
P.S. Etoo, just GO and let this TEAM winn and enjoy themselves in next season!

groga said...

He wanted to RENEW and he asked the same but the board offered him a PAY CUT. A player who has been key in winning the treble, his best season ever and you offer him a pay cut. I'm sorry, but that's just ridiculous.

fcbee said...

Eto'o is fed up with the sneaky behaviour that has been going on for two years and, although he shouldn't have come out, I understand he does it and finally tells his side of the story. The board has been a shame for the club.

Vj said...

And this press conference isn't ridiculous?? And didn't Sanllehi offer an extension with the same wages??

barca4life said...

Its clear to me the board wanted villa, the question is now, if valencia refuse to sell villa and samuel doesnt want to stay ibra is 90 mill. what do we do?

Anonymous said...

yes the club tried to push him out, because they knew he didn't want to renew at the same wages. it would have been a waste of time. his agent didn't try to meet the club either, they were quite content with playing out the contract.

the reason why the club hurriedly offered the contract last night was to directly counter this press conference. so the agent can't say 'the club never offered us an extension'. and use that as an excuse, but it doesn't matter, he's using the 'club insulted us' excuse instead as to why they won't renew.

also i wouldn't be so quick to believe him either.

"The club would have been acting like this because someone don't want Eto'o anymore at the club and Mesalles would be surprised if that person would be Guardiola."

this has been leaked to the media before, and definitely not the club leaking this.

"There's no offer by Manchester City, this information has been leaked to the press to put pressure on Eto'o to leave."

this one doesn't even make sense. if there's no offer from man city then how can eto'o leave? he gets what he wants then. why would the club leak an offer that doesn't exist to force a guy out, there's no exit in that case.

Ekar said...

How the hell does Pep get this info?? Maybe he's Eto'o's agent and he's the one leaking the info to the media!! lol =P

asif said...

eto'o will never be accepted by board or pep after such a press conference.the agent is indirectly blaming pep who is the boss of the group.so i think pep will not allow eto'o to play under him.so best solution is sell eto'o at any cost or let him rot in reserve and let him go free next year.he is already 28 so at this stage wasting 1 year in bench wikll cost him dearly.he will lose match fitness and will never be same player he was before.so by roting on bench he will eventually cost his career

ej said...

just let me comment.

its not a crime when the club look for selling a player .

Why ?
Its simple people like to see new faces new skills especially forward players and offensiv midfield player.

so barca had to choose between messi , etoo , henry , xavi , iniesta they where the players who done the season in offens and they did very well so barca will only replace one.

they choose eto because of some factors iniesta and xavi are toop important and will never leave , messi is magic , henry wont bring any good cash and can play in 2 position so they decided to sell etoo and bring new Player.


I said yesterday i have bad feeling because i know this proud etoo and when he feel not treted well he will explose in your face , instead of going in puublic against the club he could do this:
He could announce that etoo want to stay and is not asking for higher salary this will be enough and believe me this would have forced the club to let him stay .

but standing and saying they dont want me , they are saying lies in news .
This just eliminate any chance that etoo stay.

groga said...

Because they were pushed to do it, because they knew the truth would come out today and tried desperately to turn things around.

A renewal offer to one of the biggest player sin the history BY SMS: that's so terribly low.

sandro said...

groga which arican country you belong to mate??i have fishy feeling your are from Cameron lol

Soha_TZ said...

Now we have problem. Eto'o is gone for sure, or at least he is going to barca B, so we are in desperate need for striker. All the clubs will now that and will use it against us to take much money they can get. I have to admit that this is a sad way to start new season, with scandal.

Anonymous said...

Find me article or quote where etoo said he wanted to RENEW! Always STAY or CONTINUE...and then leave for free. He is recognized and well-paid by the club, but it is time for him to move ( Pep dont want him anymore, nor his behavior), but he is too egoistic and proud to be "rejected"

jazzy said...

i dont know who to believe...

barca4life said...

The board allowed this to happen. If they didnt want etoo why not just tell him? Why not offer him the same salary and have him reject it? Instead they make it out as if etoo is leaving for the money. But question who do we sell etoo to? Man Utd? That would be awfully stupid, inter? ac milan liverpool? All of these clubs are in direct competition with us for the champions league and etoo has a habit of scoring against his past teams. Do we really want to take that chance? We are between a rock and a hard place and now rossel is in pole position to bash this board and take over after the next election.

ej said...

groga.

again:
its not a crime when the club decide to sell a player.

Anonymous said...

groga,

if you honestly believe eto'o asked for the same salary and was rejected you're crazy. there's no way he asked that, barcelona would have jumped at the chance to sign him to the same salary.

why not come out today and say, eto'o wants to stay, he wants to sign a renewal for the same or a small raise. as long as the club is willing to do it then it will be done. no, he decided to air out all the dirty laundry, because his agenda is never to stay, it's to secure a 1 year exit from the club. that's been the agenda from the start.

ej said...

barca4life


the big problem is not he scoring against us the big problem we wont even get enough cash now for him .

forget the 30 M .


now the clubs know barca must sell so they will pay much less

barca4life said...

Ok so etoo is going to man city, what now? Do we have villa or are we royally screwed?

Anonymous said...

Eto'o isn't going to Man City unless we pay him a 15 million loyalty bonus for him to leave. Otherwise he'll wait out his contract so he can sign for free at another club and ask for a signing bonus in lieu of the transfer fee.

ej said...

barca4life if we get villa it will be the biggest mistake that the club did in all times.


just remember my words.

barca4life said...

hahahha he calls laporta a liar and then says he wont mind staying? Is this dude smoking something?

pep said...

Breaking news: after the conference, Valencia increased their asking price for Villa to 60 million!




(joking)

Anonymous said...

haha

Ekar said...

DAMNIT PEP YOU SCARED ME!!! >:@ but it was funny haha

Messi108 said...

haha......Good one Pep

Anonymous said...

can he stay at barca?
his agent said such a thing to the public?

barca4life said...

hhahahahhaha. pep, they are in pole position now, valencia knows we are desperate for a striker etoo is gone zlatan and villa's price just went up 20-30 million each

Anonymous said...

"The club wanted to sell Eto'o for 30-35 million euro, which the agent thinks is too much for a player with only one year left, that no club will pay that."

Again, another comment that doesn't make sense. Why does he care how much the club tries to sell Eto'o for? If the club set the price too high and no club will pay that, then Eto'o won't be sold, then he gets what he wants, to play out his contract. If the club does sell him for a higher fee, he collects more fees for being the agent.

This is why I side with the club on this one, a lot of stuff he says is contradictory.

Soha_TZ said...

"The club wanted to sell Eto'o for 30-35 million euro, which the agent thinks is too much for a player with only one year left, that no club will pay that" So agent decides to make scandal just to lower barca's demands and transfer mr. Eto'o to a another club that would like him but can't aford him. Milan maybe??? This is bad

Messi108 said...

Well i hope they let Eto'o off. Itz best for Barca and Eto'o.
This is a complete mess...

ej said...

ej wrote yesterday
.
2.
I have very bad feeling about the conference tomorrow , its possible that etoo/his agent will say something really stupid against barca
.



HouseMD answered me
@ej:
2. what could Eto'o/his agent say against FCB? I'll tell you - nothing!
Turn ON your brain and think.





JUST ALWAYS BELIEVE IN WHAT I SAY

asif said...

@ej

we won't get any striker better than villa at this moment.ibrahimovic won't leave inter this year unless we pay 70 m euro.we won't get benzema as he is a fan of madrid since his boyhood.besides he is not consistent enough for 40m euro transfer fee.eto'o is going to screw our club.we don't a disloyal player like eto'o in our club.name me a striker who is better than villa at this moment??

barca4life said...

what i dont get is why the board if they knew etoo was greedy and wasnt going to renew, didnt offer him a contract of the same value and then come out and say, look etoo has rejected our offer he doesnt really want to stay, why try to make etoo out to be greedy and then have it backfire so spectacularly?

Messi108 said...

Barcelona played a double game by using the media to damage the image of Eto'o and to come out as the good ones

What nonsense ?
This guy is ruining the image of our club.

barca4life said...

The question is how much is valencia going to want for villa. We are the ones now in the hot-seat and whats to say that madrid in an attempt to spite us wont now go after villa again and outbid us?

Ekar said...

ej: LOL hahahah

Mahi said...

The agent hurt Barca a lot by saying our board lied and he also pointed out Pep for not liking Eto'o. Very bad comment. Now the relation with Barca and Eto'o become more worse so it is better to be part.
Thanks Eto'o for everything you done for the club and Good bye.

NouBarca said...

I can see some people love Barca more than Life. If Barca has been "wrong" lets face it. When did Barca offer him renewal? And if a player is of any value to you, such player WOULD NEVER EVER have one year left on his contract. NEVER. His agent is doign what he is paid to do and doing a damn good job.

Anonymous said...

barca4life - barcelona did do what you said basically. they just skipped the offering him the same wages part because they could reject it and use it as an excuse. they would consider that 'insulting' because other players got raises. people on this blog have used that exact same excuse when defending the eto'o camp. what they did was just decide to try to sell him privately.

Ekar said...

Mahi: well if the board lied then the board lied.The board aren't angels you know...well you never know what might happen...

Anurag said...

well, like i said before, etoo's attitude has always been a problem and guardiola doesnt like him. good now tell him to f off and get a good striker like villa or aguero.

barca4life said...

The board essential bent themselves over, tied themselves up and allowed the agent to shaft them by not offering etoo a renewal of the same value to begin with. They look like amatuers now and etoo holds all the aces. Its payback time for trying to sell him last year. And our champions league repeat hopes are taking a serious hit.

Anonymous said...

@NouBarca,

How many times this year have we heard Eto'o say he didn't want to sign a renewal during the season and wanted to wait until the summer. They had no choice but to leave 1 year on his contract.

Lots of other players sign extensions with 1 year left on their contract. Let's see, Valdes, Puyol, Marquez, Xavi's contract only had a little bit longer than 1 year when it was renewed. None of them are having the same problems.

ej said...

Noubarca

the agent did a very bad move !!
its hurt barca and hurt Etoo even more.

now etoo wont play anymore in barca , barca may even not find a buyer anymore sionce this whole story blows the deal with MCity away .

he wont ply next season and the last season will be his last good season.

its really bad

Messi108 said...

@ NouBarca

No player is bigger than the club.
What i dont undersatnd is why Eto'o has not bin sold yet.
Guardiola doesnt want him. Board doesnt seem to want him and even his agent doesnt want him at Barca (lol).
It would be a relief for me to know that Man City will buy Eto'o.

barca4life said...

The first thing the board should have done was offer etoo a renewal of the same value, that way they could say look messales you are a liar, here is the offer on paper that you rejected. here is the e-mail. Now they look like they didnt intend to renew etoo even if they did. Like I said before etoo holds trump and its payback time for trying to force him out last year.

groga said...

No player is bigger than the club, but no board is bigger than the club either. They messed up.

barca4life said...

Agreed friends, see my name BARCA4life. So thanks Samu, you sadly wont be remembered for your great goals as much as your horrible off the field antics. I said this before and i got into trouble on this site. I'll say it again.

NO PLAYER IS BIGGER THAN THE CLUB. NOT YAYA NOT MESSI NOT VALDES NOT XAVI NOT BOJAN NOT ETOO

So bye bye etoo. Hold your head up barca fans. Better days are ahead.

Anonymous said...

The board acts on behalf of the club. The 'board' isn't some sentient being who has a grudge against Eto'o. The board is an entity that makes decisions based on what it believes to be the best interest of the club is.

The board can't stop Eto'os agent from making this a public drama.

barca4life said...

But the board put themselves in this position anony. Etoo's agent could not act this way if we had either renewed him or offered to renew at the same salary in the first place as opposed to openly flirting with villa.

Anurag said...

i second b4l, enough. seriously. even valdes' agent shut up, even toures agent shut up. etoos agent has a ramrod up his ass. big deal. we can do without him. anyways, its not like he was our highest scorer in all competitions last season.

Anonymous said...

Not really. His agent doesn't have to act this way at all. His agent could come out and just say Eto'o loves the club and wants to stay, they haven't offered us a firm renewal, we'd be willing to sign if a good renewal comes our way and Barcelona shows that they want Eto'o.

By deciding to come out and call out the club, it's obvious his agenda was never for a mutual resolution. He always wanted to come out and play the victim and paint the board as the enemy here.

barca4life said...

I know a lot of barca fans must be feeling pretty down today, i know i am.

Messi108 said...

club shouldn't have used the press, they could have said it openly when they wanted the player to leave

Ok ....Now you know...so ... ( showing the door ) You can leave

barca4life said...

yeah anony but the reason his agent can act this way is because we put ourselves in this position, if we had offered the renewal and he rejected it we could have proved that he never wanted to renew which was a fear of mine, i admit

Anurag said...

@b4l - im not, im happy we are getting a waaay better striker.

NouBarca said...

SO, since the club is bigger, they can never be wrong eh? get real lads. WHo else has been offered a pay cut or extension on same salary? Valdes would get pay rise, yet most of you "agreddd" young Asenjo would be better. Eto is a greedy cow for wanting more money. You would tell me your grand mothers would score more goals than Eto cos he has Xavi, Inies, and Messi to supply. Ok, Valdes should save every ball that comes at him cos we always have 70%+ possesion. Eto knows his worth and thinks Barca should aknowledge that. they failed to do that and if he thinks its payback time, all your ranting here wouldnt move him one inch. Y'all would do same or even worse. But its very comffy sitting up in the judgement throne and bash the guy. If he Board failed, can we say they havent?

Messi108 said...

@Anurag

I'm waiting for the update which ll say " Eto'o will leave "
Itz not yet over mate :(

barca4life said...

Are we anurag? Dont you think valencia just raised their villa price by 20 mill? They know we are desperate to get a striker before the pre-season. I just pray to god we dont go for adebayor if we cant get villa

Anonymous said...

@B4L

But that's what I'm saying. All that would do is win us more sympathy, it doesn't change anything. It's obvious he never wanted to renew at all. Yes we could have offered to prove that he is lying but what good does that do? It'll be the exact same fight drawn out in public.

barca4life said...

Yeah nou, my name isnt etoo4life, or messi4life, its barca4life. yes the club can be wrong, but etoo's agent crossed the line, its pretty obvious they didnt want to renew, otherwise they would have jumped at the meeting of their demands last night. He has to go, bye bye samu

Messi108 said...

@NouBarca

Ok ..so we made a mistake. So what ?
Eto'o can leave right ?
Why does he want to stay and make a mess of things.

Messi108 said...

As things stand now, Eto'o will be at the club the 19th for the medical tests and the 20th for the first training session. he will give everything he has, like he did last year, to do better than the treble

OH GREAT !!
Back to square one.

barca4life said...

yeah annony but we wouldnt come off looking like jerks and amatuers. The public image is very important. You think any player thinking of coming to barca isnt thinking twice now that they see how it appears this board opperates? Its a disgrace the way this issue has been handled. Why not just come out to etoo's face and say you are no longer welcome, look for a new club?

NouBarca said...

its called payback lads.. ever been hurt? You need to be there to feel it.

"Barca wrong..so what?"
Eto wrong..should he die?

the good news is


ANDREY ARSHAVIN has stunned Arsenal by revealing he wants to play for Barcelona.

The Russian striker, 28, who joined the Gunners in a £16.9m deal five months ago, said: "If I have the chance to play for Barcelona, I'd be really happy."

skanjos said...

THE F%$@^#$%^ BOARD ISNT THE CLUB ,dont you get this already? they didnt want eto ,they offered him a PAYCUT and last night because of this press conferance they offered him a SAME CONTRACT in order to have something in their defence.man city has never talked with the players agent and that says alot to me.

its simple the board made a mistake and now they will pay for it.no player is bigger than barca and no board of barca hasnt made a mistake?yes they did laporta hasnt adressed the issue right and he is at fault here,say everything with its name,i axiously await the clubs answer.it would be better for the club to come out and say that they YES we dont want the player ,than say that the player is lying cause we know he is not.lets see if the board has the balls to admit their mistakes .

i am a barca fan ,true loyal fan of the barcelona team,not the players,not the boards,not the coaches,i have my own mind and i can judge by hearing both sides,now i am waiting for boards answer.

ej said...

again please somebody call laporta and sing him :


aguero aguero lalalalalaaaa

Anonymous said...

Well that would ruin his sales value for one. He's the one complaining the 30-35 million price is too high, why come out and say you don't want a player to reduce the price even further?

Besides, have you ever seen a player who's been more 'disrespected' and 'insulted' so much that his agent has to come out and call out the club at a pres conference, but inspite of all that, he still wants to stay???? Is Eto'o the most loyal man on earth or isn't it transparent his goal was always to play out his contract?

barca4life said...

Etoo will be back on the 19th? The hell he will. He is not to set foot in barcelona's ground again. Tell him he has 2 options now,

1.Take a year off from football as he is no longer welcome anywhere near our team.

2.Look for another club cause he sure as hell aint staying here.

Marws said...

Omg hope the barca board can defend themselves.

Eto'o would be happy to sign a new contract with the same salary? And he loves Barca? Then why does his agent go out and talk shit about Barca?

NouBarca said...

well, every player should look at it and think its 50-50.

Some came left on good terms.. so didnt

i dont need to give you names and what happened. if you love Barca so much, you should know a bit of history...

madilu said...

In a situation like this, every party is looking out for themselves.

1. Barcelona wants to cash in on Etoo before he goes for a free transfer next year.

2. Etoo and his agent wants to make the most of the treble year and the most of his last years as a top striker.

This is normal football business. Nothing like greed, or any such names as I see pepole throwing in this blog.

I note several things :

Laporta said that he hopes Etoo stays, then later say Man city has
placed a mega deal on the table but Etoo's agent syas no one has spoken to them. Maybe city did not get permission to approach Etoo?


Etoo said he wants to stay, not renew so maybe he wants to serve out his contract and leave for a free transfer ?

Unless I am mistaken contract offers are not done by SMS so if this is true someone is not acting in a professinoal manner.

barca4life said...

He is going to talk to Guardiola? No he is not? You are done etoo, you are no longer welcome in Barcelona. Dont even say goodbye, we will send you your stuff. HIT THE ROAD JACK AND DONT YOU COME BACK NO MORE NO MORE NO MORE NO MORE

Anonymous said...

Eto'o is like the troublesome drunk at a party at this stage. Just leave. You're causing a scene...

barca4life said...

Uhm not many left on good terms recently nou. In the recent past players that we have bought from ronaldinho to rivaldo to etoo to ronaldo to figo have all left in less than happy circumstances

trez said...

If Laporta already told Eto'o to leave at the beginning of this month and then comes out later repeating 2-3 times "He's the best striker in the world, I want him to retire with us": that's not 'more than a club'...

It's all so sad...

Now let's wait for the response of the club. I'm sure they're holding crisis meeting RIGHT NOW!

yuti said...

It has to be said: the non-Catalan star players all leave on a low...

barca4life said...

How can you call the president a liar in front of the world and then pretend as if everything is normal? Its over, you are done etoo, do not come back. You are not worth the trouble honestly. I defended you etoo, called ppl out for wanting you gone. I apologize to anybody that i attacked for wanting etoo gone. I was blind.

Barca nike said...

etoo will either renew and not play as much as he used to do or will finish his last year in contract and he is done with barca. i wish he stays. why should we buy Villa when we have an excellent striker.

ej said...

trez-

they knew most probably what etoo agent gonna say from yesterday...

i knew this for example (ofc not the exact words)

Anonymous said...

Burn him, burn him! :)

barca4life said...

Its done etoo is gone, his agent just tried to lower his price and raise the price of david villa all at once by making a huge mess before he leaves. Looks like we have a HUGE amount of work to do before this transfer season is over.

Marws said...

All of the good things Eto'o has done for us will be forgotten. So stupid.

buj said...

WOW!! Things are heating up.

Just out of curiousity.

We all know the election is coming up for next year. We know Sandro Rossell is Laporta's nominee (I could be wrong). Could this be a political power struggle at play by someone or some faction out to oust Laporta's nominee by using eto'o and/or his agent directly or indirectly.

Should Barca fails to maintain supremacy next season, the current board incl. Laporta's nominee for sure will be accused as the cause.

ej said...

@ AUthors and officials here

RESPECT GUYS NO WHERE IN THE WORLD THERE IS A FORUM THAT SPEAK AND SO MUCH LIKE HERE .

ITS ALLREADY MORE THAN 100 posts in 20 min :))))))))))

RESPEKT

pep said...

Rosell is definetly NOT Laporta's nominee, buj. Rosell will probably face Laporta's successor who still has to be nominated.

It's time I start those "elections 2010" previews...

barca4life said...

Laporta has said on the official barca website he is backing somebody from this current board and i have also spoken to people from catalonia who have said that they have heard nothing about laporta and rossel coming to any agreement

Aussie Barca Fan said...

And what did you all expect his agent to say??? What did you expect Yaya's agent to say?? When there is money involved and commission for an agent nothing else matters.

There are 3 versions to the truth. Your version (The agent), My version (The Club) and the 'Truth' which is in the middle.

Eto'o probably feels the club could have made more of an effort. The club feel that his demands are too high and the truth is he should either sign a contract extension or leave.

End of story.

barca4life said...

How can he sign and extension? He just called the president and entire board liars?

groga said...

If someone lies repeatedly, why would it be wrong to call him a liar?

barca4life said...

You cant call somebody a liar and want to stay in their house. Btw Felipe Melo has renewed his contract with fiorentina, so we arent gonna get him.

groga said...

It's not THEIR house, they're also there for a few years, just like Eto'o.

Anonymous said...

groga if I call you a liar, does that make you a liar?

how do you know you can trust eto'os agent completely? i think the evidence has been pointing to them planning from the start to play out the contract and leave for free .

barca4life said...

Ah but while they have a lease for the house they can decide who stays inside and who goes. You dont burn bridges, which is what etoo just did. He firebombed the clum essentially. There is a right way to do things and a wrong way. He is fighting a fight he cannot win, the problem is he is damaging barcelona in the process

barca4life said...

That should be "He firebombed the club essentially"

NouBarca said...

If you lie you are a liar!! I am not sying the board lied.. but if they did and you all agree, then they are a bunch of liars.. They have done very well, like Eto, but they have also "failed" IF and IF only they lied

downcast97 said...

I think the whole situation goes like that: Eto'o is good and Guardiola likes him to stay cos with him he won the triple. Eto'o has only one year left in his contract, and after all the talks since the last two years over his attitude, problems and "he is not in my plan", the board thinks he is inevitably going out after his contracts ends, and they should make use of it, they push him out with some rumors, they want to sell him now this transfer window. but Eto doesnt like the situation, he wants to play in a club that plays in champions league which no club has bidded him with good salary except City. he decides to stay. club again wanted to postpone the mess two more years, they make him a 2 year renewal. I would think like them both the board and Eto. i choose to with Barca board. but the final words should come out of Guardiola's mouth, he should decide

NouBarca said...

You are all believing the board even without hearing their story. That says something. Because in the real world, if one person came to you and tell a story, u tend to believe that person till the 2nd person comes and give you the other side of the story.. but in this case, you guys are saying theres only one side to this coin. I love this unique.. its surely more than a coin..lolzz

barca4life said...

Maybe we can use etoo in a bid for cesc or arshavin. Doesnt matter who is right or wrong nou, you go up to your boss in work and call him a liar because he lies, what will happen?

Mahi said...

If there were any descripencies between Eto'o and board then it should be talked behind the closed doors. Agent Eto'o hurt Barca by saying these in a press conference. Very bad move.

I dont think Eto'o wanted to extend the contract at all. He wants to stay for one more year and go as a free agent which board doesn't wanted to happen. So they offered him to several other clubs and it is normal. His agent did a very shamefull thing to Barca. If Eto'o wanted to stay he will not do this.He can directly talk his concern to board and not in a press conference.
Last time we said we don't count Ronaldinho. but he didnt do this.because he loved and respected Barca and Eto'o dont. So the time caome to say Good Bye Eto'o.

NouBarca said...

this unique coin*

Anonymous said...

NouBarca, what are you talking about man? What's there to believe? He used a bunch of agent talk to get sympathy without saying exactly what his client's plans are. He called out the club making a long term stay all but impossible. What's the club going to say, "yeah you're right, we lied, Eto'o deserves 10 million a year"?

As far as mistreating Eto'o I'll just say this. Eto'o would have gotten a cash bonus for winning the Pichichi. The club rested most of the players for the last couple of meaningless matches but allowed Eto'o to start and play a majority of the games just so he could win the Pichichi. That's an expense the club didn't have to help Eto'o get, but they did.

barca4life said...

The funny thing is the newspapers seem to have taken a very low key approach to covering this. I would have thought that calling out the board and the coach's confident seems to be big news to me.

ej said...

Do you wanna know what is the only remaining solution ?

just loan him to MCIty for 1 year , and get Robinho 1 year .
Henry play as a CF
and we have 12 months more to search for replacement and bojan may be even ready to be a starter.


ej have spoken :))

barca4life said...

pep are you sure that these comments are accurate? cause nobody else in EMD Sport Soccernet Goal.com or even the Madrid papers seem to be taking this as a big story. Goal.com even put the headline as Etoo offered 2 year contract. That seems mighty strange

NouBarca said...

so, Robinho who did same thing (press confrence) or even worse is our option. Is that "more than a club" means?

We would love Robinho in our team, the face that he did it to MAD-rid can be swept under carpet. He is just waht we need. What a way to go

lokesh said...

What I don't understand is why did Barca wait till after Eto agent announced a press conference to offer a renewal? And that too, the night before with a quick sms. this would imply that the club wasn't serious about renewing eto's contract despite publicly saying that they want eto to stay. Hence, barca has more of an incentive to take advantage of the media and make themselves look good in front of the fans.

don't get me wrong, I am a huge barca fan, but the club doesn't seem to be putting their words to action, which leads me to believe they're the bad guys here.

ej said...

NOubarca you missunderstood !!!

i didnt say buy Robinho i said loan him for 1 season .

even if he is a clone from etoo , we need a striker and etoo wont be able to play for us , so we need a cheap replacement for 1 year till we find a real replacement .

if we now go to other teams they will ask to stupid prices.

pep said...

I double-check everything, you know that... ;)


They also have the same quotes, just the titles are quite soft. I think the Catalan media now try to calm things down, to not again being accused of letting themselves be used by the board.

fcbee said...

Let's not forget the treble, guys!

;)

Marc4barca said...

Agents???? you can never trust them, they only out to think for themselves, like how i said yaya should fire his agent i say the same for eto. the ones who go out and bash the club and cry everyday are the ones doing the most harm. he isn't doing anything god for eto by making starting this conference.

Xaviniesta said...

this is getting complicated isnt it. no offence to sami who i love but its just his style to complicate things. like laporta said at one hes smth of a strange person altho a great footballer for sure. just one thing though, i remember his contract renewal came up way way back even when xavi and the others have not signed theirs yet and i remember how it came out from many sources that he was stalling it and waiting for the end of the season. i thought that was why many thought he wanted an improved contract or had plans to leave. these things just didnt happen overnight, his refusal to talk came out even before so how can his pagent say now that the board or even pep is forcing him out with all these lies? surely the thing was farthest from their minds since he was at that time producing goals and playing strong for the team. it just doesnt jibe. also this thing abt the club using man city as a bait for etoo to leave, if that is true and in fact there is no such offer from citeh wouldnt man city come out and deny it? why would they keep silent and be a part of this so called conspiracy to force etoo out? it doesnt make sense..

fcbee said...

This agent cannot be compared with Toure's one who was talking three, four times a week. This one is now talking for the first time.

If Manchester City should come out every time they're linked with a player... And they HAVE talked with Barcelona, only not to the player (according to the agent).

Eto'o hasn't been stalling. First the club didn't want to renew him last summer (remember?), then in January (after Xavi's renewal) Eto'o said he wanted to focus on his game (without the club having proposed to start negotiations at that point!), the club postponed all renewal talks to the end of the season, then at the end of the season they don't want him, then they offer him a paycut and then yesterday the same salary.

MiDO - Lebanon said...

u know wt guys i respect all of ur opinions ... and here's mine :
-Eto'o Stays, Continue his last year with barca than leave for free
-Get Villa Using Kierrson ( donno where are we gonna get money for him)
-Villa and eto'o can rotate and villa can be his replacement when he leaves for the african cup
- when eto'o leaves Kierrson will be back from Loan and we'll have 2 strikers again =) nothing lost =D

does anyone agree with this ?

(but i still want to sell him to make profit from him)

MiDO - Beirut,Lebanon said...

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u know wt guys i respect all of ur opinions ... and here's mine :
-Eto'o Stays, Continues his last year with barca then leaves for free
-Get Villa Using Kierrson ( dunno where are we gonna get money for him)
-Villa and eto'o can rotate and villa can be his replacement when he leaves for the african cup
- when eto'o leaves next year Kierrson will be back from Loan and we'll have 2 strikers again =) nothing lost =D

does anyone agree with this ?

(but i still want to sell him to make profit from him

ej said...

mido can you make me a favour ?

sashi said...

why do you expect Eto to stay and leave for free? its all professional man! you need to make sure that income to the club is proper and this is 1 way of income - transfer fees. we respected his performances and offer him a new contract. if he doesn't like it, we can selll him. we cant just let him go for free just because he helped us win titles. thats why we sign players in the first place dont we??? to help us win titles?

we can reward them with good contracts. i they need more, they have to look elsewhere.

Caribbean Hotspot said...

All that infighting needs to stop barca offer the man a new contract or don't and stop it laporta all those rumors u spreading at radio stations.

Anonymous said...

We Need A New Striker Even If Samuel Eto'o Stays - Barcelona Chief

http://www.goal.com/en/news/12/spain/2009/06/30/1355523/we-need-a-new-striker-even-if-samuel-etoo-stays-barcelona

Marc4barca said...

how do you know the rumors being spread from laporta are true? whoever said renewals were easy must slowly peeling off their skin lol.

you would think barca just came from going trophyless again, we should be at the top just going through the list of players wanting to join us but we are here still dealing with eto. just forget this crap and leave eto alone keep him and let him go next year(bench him if we get villa,benzema, zlatan, whoever is coming), nothing wrong with having eto as backup and some of the blame goes to madrid for disrupting the market, they just increased the price and pace of everything.

TengkuAmir10 said...

fuck!!!152 comments???freakin hell!the world is ending....!

skanjos said...

sashi is a paycut a good contract?in my books it isnt.his agent says he would agree with the same wage but i dont think a deal is possible after todays press conferance.

Xaviniesta said...

fcbee, why would etoo come up with a statement that he wants to focus on the season if renewal has not come up even informally? that seems illogical. he was responding to smth when he said that. i'm sure it has been discussed even informally. and can we blame the club if they respect his wishes and postpone formalizing things? i dont think so. laporta can be everything you guys say here but there is one thing he is not: etoos enemy. he has been etoo's champion inside the board room. that was the difficulty before with sami, rijkaard and dinho cos in all the locker room disputes laporta has always sided with etoo whom he treated as a son. i'ms orry but in these talks i'm inclined to disbelieve the agent, perhaps sami is a pawn here perhaps not but guardiola strikes me as a straight forward kind of person if the others seem not so, he wouldnt sanction anything so underhanded as destroy etoos credibility in the media so he will be forced out. having said that, i'm all for sami staying even from the start. villa became an option to me only when it seemed apparent that sami wanted out. it shouldnt be hard to accept that he was holding out for an improved deal. with all his contributions to achieving the treble he would have valued himself that way and rightfully so, just to dispel any notion that i dont like sami staying.

MiDO - Beirut,Lebanon said...

@ ej
... what ?

ej said...

mido

please write me an email.


elia-archiv@gmx.de

ej said...

I find the last statement very funny :

"Eto'o plans to talk with Guardiola in the coming days to hear about his plans first-hand."


Why not first go and speak with guardiola before going to the press and blowing everything .


he has a real problem.-


just for all , we the fans dont know the whoile story and i am sure that when pep doesnt want etoo its for a good reason .

shilpa said...

i think barca will renew eto'o so that he doesn't go free next season.
but they will bring a new striker(most probably villa).but when the right time and offer will arrive they will let him go for the right price.in this way they will block him from leaveing free of cost

sashi said...

how do u know that the pay cut offer which the agent says is true??? u cant just go believing wat he says. and not all that the agent tells is true. just bcoz he blew the trumpet 1st doesn't make him the hero. and just bcoz Barca is silent doesn't make the board guilty.

udita said...

i am really surprised to see an indian girl here.

anyways i want eto'o to renew his contract.i also want david villa in barca.this will be a terrific squad.

jose said...

omg eto'o is creating panic.161 comments 6 hours is a new record in this blog.and most surprising thing is asian girls are raising their voice here :)

good to see so much followers this blog.really good job pep.keep it up dude

black boy said...

i would like to see more black players in barca.replace xavi with a black xavi,iniesta with a black iniesta.barca should only play black players in their first eleven.by the way i am a black racist and i am bro of your dearest friend eto'o lol

Anonymous said...

it surprises me that now a days racists also started following this blog and more importantly barca.i thought racists only support italian and german club.more surprisingly for the first time in my life i have seen a black racist lol

fcbee said...

"fcbee, why would etoo come up with a statement that he wants to focus on the season if renewal has not come up even informally? that seems illogical. he was responding to smth when he said that."

Because they asked him about the renewal in an interview, he just didn't bring it up like that.

sashi said...

yeah. me too udita. for a sec, ur name sounded like a gal's :) dont get me wrong man! :)

tom said...

any nigerian black girl here for a nigerian hot boy

regards
tom

Anonymous said...

lol sashi and tom.

this is not a dating place mate :)

Anonymous said...

Get yourself a room, guys!!!

buj said...

Guess things are cooling down now. We'll just have to wait and see what's next. Funnily I have the feeling that things will get better from now on, now that this is in the open. At least a conclusion is forthcoming.

Xaviniesta said...

fcbee, maybe so but come on man lets not kid ourselves here. i'm sure etoo's agent (as with those of other players with expiring contracts) would have had some kind of discussion about these things with the management before (whether casually - fon calls?- or formally in mtgs and stuff). you cant honestly believe this is the absolute 1st time the issue of renewal has come up/been talked about. me personally? i dont buy that, its cwap. eh but nway to each his own.

ViscaBarcaUK said...

Agents eh, you jus gotta love em!!! Didn't i hear last week or the week before that Eto'o dosen't have an agent, he does negotiations himself and uses a solicitor for the paper work? Could be wrong on that one though!

Anonymous said...

The most I have seen so far are folks rambling on and on in context to facts that they cannot change or do anything about. Only but a fraction of the bloggers here has stated information based on credible facts not emotions. Most seem to be judgemental without giving adequate recommendations based solely on facts. Most recommendaions has been made without the benefit of their intellect and they seem not to heed caution in their acts.

As a blogger clearly stated, FCB management are between a rock and a hard place, with the facts on ground they are between a rock and a harder place. Reverse Psychology has taken the day, what will you do? roll over and die? As a vivid supporter of the team, I think not.

Believe it or not, Samuel now holds all aces. Most do not want to accept this fact but it is simply the truth.

The tug of war has barely even started but some seem to have left their gloves at the cottage. Metaphor aside, most transfer targets for FCB this season has gone down the side of the mountain and those key players most of you have the hope for Barca to nail has without a doubt slipped from their fingers. This is simply the truth no matter how bitter it is to swallow. I believe the sooner folks begin to acknowledge the truths and put aside half truths the better it will be for them.

I am not here to school you but recognize that if you were pointing your finger on solely one party in this event, you most definately have to Think Again... Review all your facts dating from this time two years ago to the present and you would see that all parties are to be held responsible for this atrocious act.

I believe it is time to do away with childish things and have a glimpse of realism. Only then would
the facts become all the bearer.

Anonymous said...

Dude what are you talking about, this isn't the Holocaust. Stop being so over dramatic.

Believe what you want to believe. If you want to believe all the misinformation Eto'o's agent is spreading then you're as gullible as all the misinformed posters.

Here's a quote from Mark from the official website.

"We've lodged a bid for Samuel Eto'o, and I don't think there's any update on that. We've tracked the players we think will help us and he's one I've got a lot of respect for. We have to stand back and see what develops.

We'll all have to be patient."

Who holds all the aces? Eto'o only holds all the aces because you guys are so easy to believe his lying agent and jump on management's throats.

ngoundere said...

Anonymous why do you dislike Etoo soooooo much

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