The candidates are doing the rounds and making their appeals through different media outlets to gain momentum as the wheels begin to turn in the Barcelona presidential election campaign.
While the actual election does not take place until January 24, there is a first stage that will be finished and dusted over the next few days, where candidates need to get approximately 3,000 votes to advance.
Ultimately, how the different candidates are viewed now will clarify if they are in the final shake-up later in the month.
Agusti Benedito is one such candidate, and while what he had to say to ESPN, quoted by the Daily Mirror, no friends would necessarily win him over, at least he was dealing head-on with a complex issue.
“The best news for the club would be to keep Messi, but I’m not very optimistic,” he said.
“I think it’s very important that he remains at Barca, considering the condition of the club, with the sense that he knows the next two years we have in front of us [could be hard]. He’s been here for 20 years-a he’s a fan of Barcelona and I think he’s sensitive to the situation. He gave us so much in the same way that he was given a lot by Barcelona and it’s time for us all to roll up our sleeves.
In his interview the other week, I would have liked him to say that he desired to stay at the club, but he didn’t and now we have to wait and see. The irony is that I am cynical. Notice, he said he wanted to leave after 20 years in August, and now he doesn’t know what he wants to do.
The most likely outcome I can see is that in the summer he leaves us.”