Barcelona’s Quique Setién talks to Onda Cero
On Sunday night, Spanish radio station Onda Cero spoke to Barcelona manager Quique Setién.
Quique Setién replaced Ernesto Valverde in the Camp Nou dugout back in January.
Setién signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Catalans, until June 2022.
Updates on possible Lautaro Martinez & Neymar transfers
The most eye-catching remarks made by the Barcelona manager related to ongoing transfer rumours linking the club to Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez and PSG forward Neymar.
22-year-old Lautaro Martinez has scored 16 goals in 31 games for Inter this season.
As for Neymar, he’s been linked with a return to Barcelona for months, even years.
Yet, Setién has cast doubt on the viability of these transfers following the coronavirus pandemic:
I’ve no illusions about the Lautaro Martinez deal for Barça: there will be an economic crisis due to Coronavirus – same for Neymar deal.
According to Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano, “talks between Barcelona and Inter for Lautaro now are on stand-by.”
Quique Setién to Onda Cero: “I’ve no illusions about the Lautaro Martinez deal for Barça: there will be an economic crisis due to Coronavirus – same for Neymar deal”.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 19, 2020
How likely is that the 2019-20 La Liga can finish?
The Barcelona boss was also asked about whether the La Liga season will be able the be completed. He said:
We all want the championship to end even if it is behind closed doors. But I would like to be guaranteed that there would be no problem.
I think it’s difficult to resume the championship. Until some light is seen, I prefer to stay at home.
— Onda Cero (@OndaCero_es) April 19, 2020
More updates on when La Liga may restart
On BBC 5 Live on Sunday, Gulliem Balague analysed when La Liga could restart.
“I just think the dates that La Liga have given… it’s too early”
🗣️ @GuillemBalague discusses Spanish football’s plans to return
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) April 19, 2020
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.
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