Barca warning for Man City over luring stars: They want to fish here but there are no fish left!
11:42 GMT, 15 January 2013
11:47 GMT, 15 January 2013
Offended: Sandro Rosell slammed Manchester City
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has claimed Manchester City have tried to lure a number of people to the Etihad Stadium from the Nou Camp.
Rosell says the Barclays Premier League champions have not only tried to sign players from all levels of the club's structure, but also other employees of the Catalan giants.
Former Barcelona directors Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain are now at City as chief executive and director of football respectively.
Rosell, speaking to RAC1 and quoted
in Marca, said: 'There have been some offensive approaches from City, at
all levels of the structure of the club, but no one wants to go.
'They wanted to fish here, but there
were no fish left. We're talking about people at all levels of the Barca
structure, not just players. Their attempts have been unsuccessful,
though, as our employees are happy here.
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City slickers: Txiki Begiristain (left) and Ferran Soriano left Barca for the Etihad
'There have been contacts, but we have a fantastic group of people and nobody wants to go.'
He added: 'I had hoped that he (Begiristain) would not use the information he gathered about Barcelona during his time here to help another club become bigger, but he seems to disagree with me.
'I would like it if the relationship between both clubs was a bit better and more transparent.'