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15-Nov-2020, 07:59 pm

Barcelona missed out on Haaland and Courtois signings, reveals ex-Camp Nou director


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Former Barcelona director Javier Bordas has revealed that Barcelona allowed Erling Haaland and Thibaut Courtois to slip through their grasp.

Haaland is making waves in the Bundesliga - where has has six goals in as many appearances this term - but Bordas has revealed that Barca felt he was not the right fit for the club.

“They told me hewas not the right type of player for Barca,” Bordas said. “I understand that former president, Josep Maria Bartomeu pays attention to the technical side. The truth is that players like these could have come, but then you don't know what performance they are going to give."

After a rocky period, Belgium international Courtois is showing the kind of form that persuaded Real to sign him from Chelsea in 2018.

Barcelona have one of the world’s best goalkeepers at their disposal in Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but there was the possibility for the club to have the German in tandem with Courtois.

"When I considered a move for Courtois I talked about it before with former president, Sandro Rosell,” Bordas said of a deal that was discussed in 2014."He told me that if we could do something, we would do it.

“I made it possible to bring in Courtois and Zubi Andoni Zubizarreta, former Barca director of football, with good judgment, said he wanted to sign ter Stegen and we were right because he is the best in the world.

“We decided to bring in someone else, Claudio Bravo, a great goalkeeper, but maybe we could have had Courtois and ter Stegen together."

Spain internationalAlvaro Morata was another player on Barca’s radar, and Bordas claims he had a deal in place only for Atletico Madrid to swoop with a move for the forward.


Source : goal.com

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