Barcelona president Bartomeu: Rosell family wanted him to step down

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he's still in contact with Sandro Rosell. Rosell resigned as president last month amid the controversy over Neymar's move from Santos.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he's still in contact with Sandro Rosell.

Rosell resigned as president last month amid the controversy over Neymar's move from Santos.

"He's had a lot of pressure. He wanted to continue, but his family asked him to leave and relax. No one is prepared for the things he has gone through. This is football, sport and passion, and it should not happen.

"Rosell is an honest man, who did a great job. It was his decision, I am his friend. My advice was: 'Still, the club needs you'.

"But it was his decision. I continue with the same project, it does not change."

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