Barcelona new president Laporta confirms next football director

The Barcelona news is unsurprisingly dominated by the election of the club’s new president, Joan Laporta, and now he is starting to build his squad.

As reported by El Mundo Deportivo, Laporta has confirmed to Catalan radio station RAC1 that Mateu Alemany is expected to be appointed the club’s new director of football.

A report released by Marca in November first described Laporta’s desire to add Alemany to his squad and he is now set to give him the important role at the club which will play an important role in recruiting the club.

Joan Laporta and Mateu Alemany

Laporta confirmed to reporters: “At Barça we have always had an executive who sets the stage for when the president will represent the club.

“He will also support the technical secretariat because Mateu is a senior football manager and I would like him to be linked. I greatly appreciate his knowledge; he is a person very knowledgeable about how football is today and we will have a conversation soon to sign him.

Mateu Alemany

Alemany most recently held a similar role in Valencia between 2017 and 2019, where he formed a formidable partnership with Los Che boss Marcelino Garcia Toral.

The 58-year-old had been the accredited person for Valencia’s rise to the top of Spanish football during his two seasons at Mestalla – they recorded successive top four rankings after consecutive campaigns in which they finished the season 12th in La Liga, while they also secured the Copa del Rey in their last season.