Cruyff: Rosell's Barca owe me money
Johan Cruyff claims Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is refusing to pay money the Catalan club owes to the Dutchman’s foundation.
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Thursday’s Champions League group draw, at which Cruyff participated, drew his former clubs Barca and Ajax together for the first time in European competition.
The coincidence has again shone a spotlight on the former Blaugrana player and coach’s strained relationship with the current Camp Nou board. He told reporters -- as reported in AS -- afterwards that the club had reneged on its promise to continue supporting his charity, the Cruyff Foundation, which promotes exercise among young people.
“Rosell’s Barca owe me money,” he said. “They have not paid what they owe due to the agreement with my foundation. It is €100,000 a year. [Former president Joan] Laporta fulfilled the contract, but the current board has not yet paid. I have spoken with Sandro. In England we worked with other teams and I must say that the behaviour of Barca has been pretty poor.”
Cruyff was an honourary president of the club under Laporta but has been sidelined by Rosell as part of an unseemly feud between the two former partners and friends. He has not been seen at the Camp Nou at all in recent seasons.
Asked for an opinion on new Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino’s first games in charge, Cruyff claimed he could not comment as he had yet to watch the team play this term.
“I have not yet seen a Barca game this season,” he said. “I cannot give an opinion on Martino’s work. I have been in Switzerland, and seen little football.”