Vilanova will continue as Barca boss - Bartomeu

25 April 2013 12:16

Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that manager Tito Vilanova will take charge of the side for next season.

Vilanova has missed nearly three months of the current campaign because of cancer treatment but has recently returned to take charge of the Liga leaders.

Bartomeu said he has done a fine job since taking over the reigns from Pep Guardiola.

"He will manage Barca next year," Bartomeu told Cataluyna Radio on Wednesday night.

"We believe in him. It was not easy to take on the transition and he has done it very well."

Barca's 4-0 hammering by Bayern Munich in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday has led to claims that his Barca side are coming towards the end of an era and that major changes are needed at the end of the season.

But Bartomeu rejected those claims and said there would be not be mass arrivals like at the beginning of Guardiola's reign in 2009.

"It is not the end of an era. Here there is a structure and continuity. It is not like in 2009 when nine players came in," he added.

"That was the end of an era but here there is a base of players and there will be a few alterations. I can't imagine a Barca without (Lionel) Messi, Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta, (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Busquets etc."

One player linked with a move to the Catalan capital has been Brazil international Neymar and Bartomeu confirmed that he is a player Vilanova is interested in bringing to the club.

"The Brazilian interests us because the coaches have asked for him. Guardiola did it and Tito has confirmed it," he added.

"Neymar has a contract with Santos until 2014 and we don't have evidence of where he wants to go. If it is here we will try to do it."

Source: AFP