Victor Font, aspiring to the presidency of FC Barcelona, acknowledged that Barca’s former midfielder Xavi Hernández, who recently rejected an offer from the club to relieve Ernesto Valverde as coach of the first team, is the cornerstone of his sports project. “The project I am designing has a sports structure in which Xavi will be the cornerstone“, said Font in an interview with EFE. The Catalan businessman said he had” a friendly relationship “and” an almost daily interaction “with Xavi,” which is part of the project “with which he wants to seduce Barça members in the next elections, scheduled for 2021.However, and although he admitted that the exazulgrana, who is taking his first steps as a technician in Qatar, “is excited” to train Barça, he believes that his role in the sports structure of the entity must go further. “We want to create the conditions for people like Xavi to have very relevant authority and responsibility in the football project of the next ten years, regardless of whether the first team is training or not. What we cannot afford is another case like Pep Guardiola’s: Xavi come here, coach, burn, leave and reinforce the competition, “he reflected.Along the same lines, Font revealed that he is also in contact with the former captain Carles Puyol, and who would like to have in the future with Andres Iniesta, if he is finally elected president. On the other hand, the president congratulated himself on the arrival at the Barça bench of Quique Setién: “To me, as to the majority of members, Setién makes me excited, because we have a radical ‘cruyffista’ again, and I like that, because I think that is what can give us more guarantees of success, and the partners will go to the field on Sunday with more hope and hope. “ However, he strongly criticized the management that has made the directive that Josep Maria Bartomeu heads of the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, “one more and very evident sample that there is no project, but improvisation, and that there is also no ability to manage things in the appropriate ways. “” It seems to me an unfortunate episode, because respect for professionals like Valverde himself was disregarded. And the fact of considering from signing Pochettino to signing Xavi is a good sign that there is no road map here and there is no vision, “he added.In this regard, Víctor Font revealed that even Xavi “was very surprised” by Barça’s proposal, although he denied that Terrassa’s proposal rejected the offer because he had a signed commitment with him: “I would never ask him to sign a contract, because neither Xavi nor any club legend can be owned by anyone“In any case, the candidate for the presidency of the FC Barcelona assured that, with him in charge of the entity, this lack of planning in the sports field would not occur.” First, we would have a board of directors in which there would be no people who do not come from the world of football and who decided to sign signings, “said Font, who believes that it is just what is happening today.“Now, there is a sports commission with two or three people, starting with the president, who is also sports vice president, who are not people from the world of football,” he said. In addition, he would incorporate in his project “a general sports management to coordinate all sports, professional and non-professional“and would provide the sections with their own autonomy,” in such a way that practically each one would be a club by itself. “And is that Font wants “to the best connoisseurs of the Barça model and style“, planning the sports plot, to face what he called a” capital challenge “and that is none other than” replace the best generation in football history, led by the best in history. “One thing we have to do is talk to Leo Messi. The relationship between Messi and Barça cannot end the day Messi leaves. Having the best player in history throughout his career is an asset that Barça should be able to capitalize on, for the sake of Leo Messi and for the good of the institution, “he said.Font’s project: “We lead a revolution so as not to become the new Milan”The Catalan businessman Victor Font, co-founder of Delta Partners Group, assured EFE Friday that in the next elections to the presidency of FC Barcelona he and his collaborators will drive “a revolution” in the candidacy that they have been working for six years. In an interview at the headquarters of the EFE Agency in Barcelona, the candidate for the presidency of Barcelona commented that he will lead “a revolution in the club model and in the management model” why otherwise “the ownership model will be put at risk and we can become the new Milan, in the sense that we will stop competing”.“Our thinking is aimed at the changes we have to make to ensure that in 2030 we continue to win Champions League, preserving the differential fact, which is the model of property that we have, “he insisted. Font admitted that” a very complex situation “is approaching within the Barça entity because the best generation in football history has to be replaced , leadered by Messi, “the best player in the world, at a time when competition is increasingly powerful, in front of teams that own tycoons, millionaires and even city-states. ““Now we generate 1,000 million euros (current Barça budget), but we do not generate any benefits, because we spent 1,000 million at a time when we have to undertake the capital investment plus amount in the history of the club, as is the Espai Barça. “He added. His jump to the Barcelona electoral scene (elections must be called in the spring from 2021) comes from the experience acquired when in 2010 he was involved in the candidacy of Marc Ingla, in an election in which Sandro Rosell swept the ballot box. “That experience of 2010 was a decisive factor and one of the main reasons why I am here. I saw how the project was built to govern the club: fast and running, four or five months before the elections and, therefore, very improvised“he said. But not only how the management team was created, but how the teams were assembled.” The day before the election, we were still incorporating possible new managers, so we knew virtually nothing and with a single criterion: to be a member and have money to guarantee, “he recalled.“Thus, historically the directives, which are the ones that command and make the decisions, they are made up of people that the only requirement is that they are rich“, the applicant admits. That’s why Font talks about revolutionizing the club and management model.”I am selecting travel companions by experience criteria: I want to set up a board of directors where there is an experience relevant to manage the club. The experience of 2010 was to write down the things that need to be done and those that should not be done, “he said.Víctor Font appeared in the prelude to the 2015 elections, in which Josep María Bartomeu He also swept the ballot box, but did not enter the fight on the grounds that he did not have enough tools to aspire to the presidency, a fact that he now believes he is reuniting after six years of work. During this period, in addition to explaining his project to Barcelona, he has dedicated himself to “Identify this talent for both the board and the executive levels.”Apart from its fleeting appearance in 2015, Font was announced in Barcelona recently when he managed to get the current meeting included in the agenda of the last assembly The electronic vote was compromised, whose vote won by a majority, although it did not meet two thirds of the votes required, so its project did not prosper, although it assures that Barça will end up using it.Further, Font assures that another of its purposes will be to eliminate the guarantee that the candidates for the presidency of Barça must gather and that represents 15 percent of the budget, currently about 150 million euros. Font reported that he already has about seventeen potential managers to start in future elections and that three profiles have been set to gather them: “People with experience, but not only in management. We believe that there must be people with experience in the world of sport in a fair Barcelona board and in the world of football; that is, the sports vice president cannot be a person like Josep Maria Bartomeu, like Víctor Font, Marc Ingla or Jordi Mestre. ““Too we need people to come from the business world, but not of any sector of activity, but of that which have relevance to manage a club like Barça (audiovisual content, e-commerce, technology), and not people who come from the world of food, construction or the world of supermarkets and, on the other hand, people with experience to manage the institutional world, “added Font.From his years talking with partners, the presidential candidate admits that he has drawn a few conclusions, as it is difficult to reach the partner and make him see the importance of matters beyond “the ball between, which ends up being what worries us most“.” This ends up being very complex, because Barcelona and football are short-term and resultist. It is necessary to show to those who are owners (of the club) that to ensure that Barça remains competitive we have to protect our club and that ends up being difficult, “he said.Font’s idea regarding managers and the president is that the members of the management team “they should only have a mandate to make the big decisions and not get involved in the day to day, because this will allow us to have a powerful executive team. “” We have explained to future managers that they will only participate in the board of directors and that they will not have any role in day-to-day decision making, “he reveals.”I want to put emphasis on the team from day one, and not on my leadership. Presidentialism in a football club does not help, and when I talk about making a revolution in management the easiest way to translate it is to ensure that every decision is made by the person who is most prepared; when you talk about presidentialism it means talking about the opposite, “he said.“We have already defined the governance of the club. If we manage to manage it, we will know in advance when a coach is signed, who is all this decision, who is involved, who is responsible, who has to be consulted, who has to be informed. Now, I think, for each signing the answer is different: Griezmann is signed by the president, the other, another executive, another player, the locker room … This is essential to change“he added.Finally, Font spoke of another of the structures of his project, the economic one: “A fundamental pillar is the transformation of the income model: it is true that we are the ones that invoice the most, but also the ones that we spend the most and so shortly after closing summer window We carry out accounting movements such as the Cillessen-Neto sale purchase, which is what makes it possible to balance an income statement of this size“.“It is essential to maintain an economic independence and to have resources to continue signing, to do the Espai Barça, and for this a revolution in the income generation model has to be made. We believe that there is a spectacular opportunity: here in Catalonia there are only 60 or 70 companies that invoice more than Barça and that is because the big clubs have not taken economic advantage of the great potential they have, “he added.“We are the ones who invoice the most, but We invoice little. Clubs have not come to monetize the millions of followers they have. For us this is essential. For Chelsea or other clubs, it is perhaps not so relevant, because they call the master and he covers (the expenses), but for us, Protecting our model is vital. Therefore, we need to go to the 300 or 400 million followers we have on the planet.“, said.