‘The lights were all off!’: Sergio Aguero shares Barcelona’s apparent drastic cost-cutting measures at the training ground to keep the club afloat after Joan Laporta revealed their debt is now £1.15BILLION
- Barcelona appear to have taken drastic measures to cut costs
- The Catalan giants have amassed £1.15billion worth of debt over the years
- The club are in an economic crisis having let go of Lionel Messi last month
- Sergio Aguero explained how the club switching off lights to save money
- Aguero also revealed how they turn up 30 minutes before training, no earlier
Sergio Aguero has outlined the drastic measures Barcelona have taken to cut costs and keep the club afloat after amassing £1.15billion worth of debt.
Last month Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced that the club had fallen further into debt after years of mismanagement by his predecessor Josep Bartomeu.
Now it is believed that Barcelona are cutting costs by saving electricity at the training ground and restricting the players’ use of the club’s facilities.
Sergio Aguero (above) has outlined the drastic measures that Barcelona have taken to cut costs and keep the club afloat after amassing £1.15billion worth of debt
Aguero – who signed a two-year deal with the Catalan giants in May – has explained how the Barcelona players are required to turn up exactly 30 minutes before training.
He admitted that all the facilities are closed prior to the squad’s training session and that all of the lights at the club are kept off until the players are ready to start.
The 33-year-old seemed somewhat shocked by the concept as it was so markedly different to the timetable he was used to at Manchester City.
Speaking on his Twitch channel, he said: ‘At Man City, we used to arrive at least an hour and a half before training. Here, like 30 minutes before.
Last month Barcelona president Joan Laporta (above) announced that the club had fallen further into debt after years of mismanagement by his predecessor Josep Bartomeu
Aguero was used to turning up to Manchester City over an hour before training to use the facilities. At Barca he went to use the gym before a training session but said the lights were off
‘I figured I will be there an hour before to see if I can go to the gym or whatever. But no, even the lights were off. It is very different.’
Aguero could be feeling frustrated with Barcelona’s rules as he will be looking to maintain some form of fitness after being ruled out of action for around 10 weeks due to a calf injury.
Despite the financial turmoil at the club and his current injury, Aguero is eager to help Barcelona reclaim their status as a European giant.
When signing for the club he said: ‘Of course it is a step forward in my career and hopefully I can help the team win things. I want to play and help this squad, and if the team does it well, I will be happy individually,’ he said after signing.
‘I want to send a big hug to everyone, to all the supporters I will try to give my best and hopefully the fans will enjoy my skills. They enjoyed me in other shirts but now I am here.’
Laporta gave a two-hour press conference last month in which he outlined the gravity of the financial situation at the Nou Camp and accused Bartomeu (right) of telling lies
Nevertheless, Aguero will face an uphill battle as Barcelona try and navigate through their worrying amount of debt.
Laporta gave a two-hour press conference last month in which he outlined the gravity of the financial situation at the Nou Camp and accused Bartomeu of telling lies.
‘As of March 21, 2021, the debt was €1.35bn,’ revealed Laporta. ‘Bartomeu was plugging holes in the short term and mortgaging the club in the long term. That leaves us a dramatic inheritance.
‘The situation is dramatic, but we have good news,’ he added. ‘The strategic plan based on our credibility and experience, on the assets that Barca have, makes this situation temporary.
‘I think that in a couple of years, the club’s economy will be healthy. We are not scared at all. We are highly motivated and positive and morale is high. It’s a big challenge but we are capable of overcoming it.’
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