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Barcelona presidential candidate Laporta nicks Liverpool slogan for La Masia remake

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta wants to bring Liverpool's 'you'll never walk alone' slogan to the club's famed La Masia academy.

The 58-year-old former president is bidding to return next year and take over at Barca in the aftermath of Josep Maria Bartomeu's controversial departure.

And Laporta insisted he will ring the changes throughout the club, stemming down as far as the famed La Masia school of football, which has started to perform poorly in recent years.

Outlining his manifesto on his personal website, Laporta said: "La Masia will be a personalised accompaniment to the player, under the slogan of 'you will never walk alone'.

"We want it to become a Centre for High Performance and Sport Excellence, but also for personal development, where the treatment of athletes is not generic but one-on-one.

"We will do this with special care for the values that make up strong personalities and that we can be proud of: we want athletes who love Barca."

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