The president of Barcelona pJosep Bartomeu looks to have aimed a thinly-veiled dig at Liverpool for keeping their playmaker Philippe Coutinho against his will in this summer’s transfer window.
The Camp Nou side were reportedly desperate to sign the Brazilian attacking midfielder after losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, but failed to get a deal over the line before last week’s deadline.
Coutinho was also understood to be keen on the move to Barcelona, though Liverpool were believed to have turned down as much as £138m for their No.10 star.
The Catalan giants still seem bitter about the saga, with Bartomeu taking the opportunity to aim a dig at the Merseyside giants when discussing Lionel Messi’s future at the Nou Camp.
Despite the Argentine being a crucial performer for the club, Bartomeu insists Barcelona would never keep a player against his will, unlike other top sides.
During his interview with Diario Sport, Bartomeu said: ‘Barca will never make a player stay if he tells us he wants to leave, as happens at other clubs in Europe.
‘We have a different way of being to other clubs.
‘It doesn’t matter if the clause is €500m, €600m, €1,000m or €1,500m, we can put any clause that we want because if a player wants to leave, we will have to sit down and speak about how we will do it.’