The economic storm that shakes the club as a result of the painful management of the Board chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu now looms over basketball with Nikola Mirotic as one of the great proper names.
The previous Board of Directors broke the deck by convincing the Podgorica man to leave the NBA and signed him a footballer contract that club sources confirm that he was lowered in full confinement like the rest of the squad, that he later differed in time when renewing until 2025 and that now the club is not in a position to pay him.
In fact, the real reality is that at that time of suspended seasons (the 2019-20 Euroleague was canceled without going any further), all players were forced to reduce their salary and even the totality of the club’s workers.
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This chaotic situation is what has motivated the traumatic march of Leo Messi to PSG or the forced sale of the Brazilian Emerson without having barely made his debut in football, the controversial goodbye of Aron Palmarsson in handball, the end of the Pablo Álvarez ‘era’ in hockey or the reduction of numbers in the futsal squad.
Despite the current situation the club has tried to keep a squad as competitive as possible and now he hopes to convince captains Pierre Oriola and Nikola Mirotic to make an economic gesture that the club needs as Gerard Piqué has already done as an example in football.
Nikola Mirotic is very comfortable at Barça
This economic effort has already been made in some way by players like Àlex Abrines or Cory Higgins in the signing of their renewals, deferring or reducing their emoluments. As for the four signings, ‘Nico’ Laprovittola charges less than in Madrid, Sertaç Sanli had a renewal offer from Anadolu Efes for more money than he receives now and neither Nigel Hayes nor Rokas Jokubaitis are excessively expensive players.
Negotiations are still open and both the club and Mirotic hope to reach a positive solution mutually. The Spanish-Montenegrin is very comfortable in the city and at the club, he has earned the respect and admiration of the Palau and today his only option remains Barça.
Mirotic, in the friendly against Limoges
Despite his bad game in the final of the Catalan League against BAXI Manresa, ‘Niko’ is training wonderfully and in the team they are convinced that he will return to a level that he showed in the two games of the final of the last Liga Endesa against Madrid.
The player does not like this information that has been repeated in the last hours and try to focus on the Super Cup. The team will train for the last time this Thursday before flying to Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Friday at 10.30 am and holding a work session on island lands. And on Saturday, ‘semis’ against Valencia Basket.