‘If you tell me I have no money, then I don’t spend anything else’: Jurgen Klopp insists he ‘doesn’t understand’ Barcelona’s financial situation as the club are still considering transfers despite not yet registering new signing Jules Koundé
- Jurgen Klopp said he can’t understand Barcelona’s current financial situation
- However, the Liverpool manager insisted he is “not a financial expert”.
- Barcelona has suffered a series of well-known problems this summer
- But the club has managed to sign four out of five of its new signings.
- French defender Jules Kounde is the only newcomer not registered
Jurgen Klopp has remarked that “he doesn’t understand” how Barcelona can continue to sign new players in the midst of the Catalan club’s financial precariousness.
Barcelona have suffered a series of much-publicized financial difficulties this summer as club president Joan Laporta tries to balance the books for the 2022/23 La Liga campaign.
Speaking to Kicker via Bild, Klopp explained that he doesn’t understand the Blaugrana’s financial situation ‘for various reasons’, saying:
Jurgen Klopp spoke about his confusion over Barcelona’s current financial problems
There have been concerns about the club’s ability to register its big-name signings.
‘One reason is that I am not a financial expert. The second: If you tell me that I have no money, then I no longer spend anything. My credit card has also been cut off twice, luckily that was a few years ago.
Amid ongoing concern about the future of the club, the Liverpool manager said he hopes the issues can be resolved.
‘I’m looking at this as a football fan, I don’t understand. I have found the club to be exceptional in the last few decades that I have been watching football and I hope they will succeed.’ Klopp said.
The 55-year-old coach also drew a parallel between the current situation at Barcelona and that of his former club Borussia Dortmund.
Hans-Joachim Watzke is credited with saving Borussia Dortmund from bankruptcy
Klopp explained: “The only club I know that once sold the stadium and other rights in advance was Borussia Dortmund. Aki Watzke had to come at the last second and save everything. And I don’t know if there is an Aki Watzke in Barcelona.
In 2005, Dortmund were on the brink of bankruptcy when Hans-Joachim ‘Aki’ Watzke, a long-time BVB supporter, was appointed as the club’s CEO.
Through a series of restructurings, including the sale of the naming rights to the stadium and the prioritization of paying off the club’s huge debts, Watzke rescued Dortmund from insolvency.