Barcelona staff furious after president Joan Laporta publicly criticizes players for refusing pay cut to help Kounde transfer

BARCELONA players are reportedly angry with Joan Laporta after he publicly criticized members of the squad.

The team performs well on the pitch and Barcelona is the top of LaLiga, but Laporta took aim for a different reason.

Joan Laporta criticized Barcelona players for refusing to accept a pay cut

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Joan Laporta criticized Barcelona players for refusing to accept a pay cutCredit: AP
Barcasquad is said to be angered by the President's comments

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Barcasquad is said to be angered by the president’s commentsCredit: Rex

The club president is disappointed that some players chose not to take a pay cut to help the club register summer signing Jules Konde.

The centre-back was eventually registered as a player, but only a month after signing, he saw missed the start of the season.

Laporta revealed that several players were asked to agree to a reduction so the club could come up with the £8.7m needed to sign Konde.

He said: “We’ve tried it with several players and not only has it NOT worked out, but we’ve had to guarantee the £8.7m that was missing.

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“If there had been reductions of some players, the guarantee that we did it should not have been made, we accepted it with sportsmanship.”

According to Pull offthose comments have not gone down well in the locker room.

After all, some players, such as Gerard Pique, have already agreed to take significant pay cuts.

Frenkie de Jong is also quiet waiting to be repaid the £17m he owes after deferring his salary to help Barcelona cope with the financial blow the club suffered during the pandemic.

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The Barca squad are also believed to be confused by the timing of Laporta’s comments with big games against Inter Milan and Real Madrid coming this week.

Rivals Real are level on points with Barca, making Sunday’s trip to the Bernabeu an even bigger game for the Catalans.

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