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Font: Laporta took charge of Barcelona without a plan; Messi would've stayed with me

Former Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font has accused president Joan Laporta of taking charge without a plan.

While insisting Barca has a bright future, Font says losing Leo Messi to PSG last year was unnecessary.

He said, "It doesn't make me especially happy to think how right we were. We used to say that Barça was a train that was going at 200 km/h that crashed into the wall. Entering to govern the club without knowing what you were going to do was reckless.

"We had a plan for the first 100 days: reduce salary mass and debt. We wanted to reduce losses but they ended up with 481. Instead of levers, we had planned strategic partners to work on business lines, have 'fair play', keep Messi and count on Xavi.

"With the plan and his will to continue, he (Messi) would have stayed. Now we have to try to strengthen the ties between Messi and Barcelona. And we will support the president and the board if this is done because it is key."

Interestingly, Font supports Laporta's current market moves.

On Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, he said: "The sports structure wants Lewandowski and if it can be done economically, we have to try to sign him.

"I think he will end up coming."

On Ousmane Dembele, Font also said: "In this matter, I remember when he talked about Neymar. The institutional part eliminated him. With Dembélé, the same thing happens. The club is above but Dembélé has had a lack of commitment. We had told Xavi that we couldn't deal with a player like that."

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