Barcelona sporting director Deco has discovered himself on the centre of controversy after an interview by which he was quoted as saying the membership must ditch their historic fashion of play.
The Blaugrana are on the hunt for a brand new supervisor after Xavi confirmed he’ll step down on the finish of the season, and regardless of a widespread expectancy that Barcelona will seek for a supervisor to reignite their 4-3-3, possession-heavy historical past, Deco left followers scratching their heads final week.
In an interview with Portuguese outlet SOL earlier this week, Deco allegedly stated: “The brand new path is crucial and the president agrees with me on this. A profound change is required. There’s a technique that’s exhausted. We’ve to seek out somebody who will break with the previous as soon as and for all and transfer in the direction of a brand new paradigm.”
These feedback remained stay on the outlet’s web site for a number of days earlier than being picked up by the Catalan media, who later requested Xavi for his ideas.
Suggesting a rift between supervisor and director, Xavi responded: “He doesn’t say that to me. He tells me that he believes within the Barca DNA and elegance. I can’t say the rest.”
A lot of Barcelona followers shortly took to social media to vent their fury at Deco for each his perceived dishonesty and lack of dedication to the membership’s historical past, sparking a speedy backpedal from each Deco and SOL.
Stories counsel that Deco was frantically contacting native radio stations to argue he by no means stated something of the kind, whereas SOL later up to date the article to assert it had been an enormous misunderstanding and blame the writer for failing to seize Deco’s true sentiment.
Many have been fast to query how the feedback, made and written in Deco’s native Portuguese tongue, have been allowed to remain stay for thus lengthy in the event that they weren’t a real illustration of his phrases, however all people concerned has moved to attempt to make clear the state of affairs.
However, numerous followers seem to have turned their again on Deco, who is anticipated to launch his personal assertion to clarify the reality behind his feedback.