Laporta dismisses City links

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has denied that he is acting as an agent for Manchester City after dining with Txiki Begiristain and Neymar's father in London.

Last Updated: 13/02/13 at 10:48 Post Comment

Joan Laporta: Moved to deny rumours that he is working to help Man City sign Ney

Joan Laporta: Moved to deny rumours that he is working to help Man City sign Ney

Santos star Neymar is wanted by many of Europe's top clubs and the Spanish media believe that the Premier League champions could be looking to move ahead of the pack with early talks.

Laporta reigned as president at Camp Nou between 2003 and 2010 and worked with current City sporting director Begiristain as Frank Rijkaard revitalised the club as coach.

Neymar is now wanted by Barcelona and Laporta insists that he would like to see the Brazilian at the Catalan club, but the talks in London have led to speculation he would earn a cut from the player joining the Premier League champions.

"I did meet with [Begiristain and Neymar's father] because I know them both well," Laporta told Catalunya Radio.

"I was in London and I know football people. Txiki was also in London and there were about 15 people in total at the dinner and Neymar's father was also there.

"My dream is to see Neymar playing for FC Barcelona like Ronaldinho, Romario, Rivaldo and Ronaldo did in the past.

"Neymar's father is nervous because every big club in Europe want his son and that is stressful.

"But when I saw him he comes across as a quiet man who is trying to stay calm and do the best for his son.

"Still, I was quite shocked to read that people thought I was there as agent for another club. I am not an agent I am a lawyer.

"I earn my wages doing something else, not as an agent and, as I say, it would be great to see Neymar at Barcelona."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond strike as Canaries seal immediate return to Premier League

Norwich City gained promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, insists agent Dimitri Seluk

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, according to his agent.

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company