‘If you tell me I don’t have any money, then I don’t spend anything more’: Jurgen Klopp insists he ‘doesn’t understand’ Barcelona’s financial situation as the club continue to eye transfers despite not yet registering new signing Jules Kounde
- Jurgen Klopp said he cannot understand Barcelona’s current financial situation
- The Liverpool manager insisted he is ‘not a financial expert’ however
- Barcelona have endured a series of well-publicised issues this summer
- But the club have managed to register four out of five of their new signings
- French defender Jules Kounde is the only new arrival not to be registered
Barcelona have endured a series of well-publicised financial difficulties this summer, as club president Joan Laporta attempts 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’ and said:
Jurgen Klopp spoke about his confusion over Barcelona’s ongoing financial issues
There had been concerns over the club’s ability to register their big-name signings
‘One reason is that I’m not a financial expert. The second: If you tell me I don’t have any money, then I don’t spend anything anymore. My credit card has also been cut up twice, luckily that was a few years ago.’
Amidst the ongoing concern over the club’s future, the Liverpool manager stated that he hopes the issues can be resolved.
‘I’m watching this like a football fan, I don’t understand. I’ve found the club to be outstanding over the last few decades that I’ve been watching football and I hope they pull it off.’ Klopp said.
The 55-year-old coach also drew a parallel between the ongoing situation at Barcelona, and one at 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 the whole thing. And I don’t know if there is an Aki Watzke in Barcelona.’
In 2005 Dortmund were on the brink of bankruptcy when longtime BVB fan Hans-Joachim ‘Aki’ Watzke was appointed CEO of the club.
Through a series of restructures, including selling off the naming rights to the stadium and prioritising paying off the club’s massive debts, Watzke rescued Dortmund from insolvency.