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As the wheels continue to turn in the race for Barcelona’s presidential elections, candidates are spinning and making their presentations through various media outlets to gain traction.
Although the actual election does not take place until January 24, there is a first stage, where candidates must get almost 3,000 votes to progress, which will be held and dusted in the next few days.
How the various candidates are perceived now will ultimately determine whether they are in the final restructuring at the end of the month.
Agusti Benedito is one of those candidates, and although what he had to tell ESPN, quoted by the Daily mirrorYou may not necessarily have won you friends, at least you have faced a complex question head-on.
“Keeping Messi would be the best news for the club, but I’m not very optimistic,” he said.
“Given the situation at the club, I think it is very important that he stay at Barça, with the understanding that he understands the next two years ahead. [could be difficult].
“He’s been here for 20 years, he’s a Barcelona fan and I think he’s sensitive to the situation.
“He has given us so much in the same way that Barcelona has given him a lot and it is time for all of us to roll up our sleeves.
“I would have liked him to say in his interview the other week that his wish is to stay at the club, but he didn’t and now we have to wait and see. The truth is that I am pessimistic.
“Remember that in August he said that he wanted to leave after 20 years and now he still has not clarified what he wants to do.
“The most likely result I see is that he will leave us in the summer.”
If the people of Barcelona will want something from this president, after the disastrous reign of Josep Maria Bartomeu, it is clarity, coherence and transparency in the messages and dealings with both the fans and the vendors.
Whether Benedito’s perceived honesty will have earned him additional votes will be seen within the week.