Jordi Cruijff is about to extend his contract with Barcelona, it knows Mundo Deportivo to report on Saturday. The technical advisor of Barcelona can count on a lot of appreciation from the Spanish top club. Whether the duration extends to more than one season is not yet known. Cruijff will keep the same position, but may do so under a different name in the future.
Cruijff started working at Camp Nou last summer, where he worked closely with general manager Mateu Alemany and trainer Xavi last season. He also provided advice to chairman Joan Laporta. At the club they are very happy with his ‘work, involvement and knowledge of both football and the market’, the Spanish daily reports. With the imminent contract extension, the rumors about a possible return this summer of Cruijff in Amsterdam will come to an end. Ajax was looking for a successor to Marc Overmars and Cruijff’s name was regularly mentioned in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
It was already announced in mid-May that Ajax has temporarily suspended the external search for a successor to Marc Overmars The Telegraph at the time. The team from Amsterdam announced in March that Huntelaar would immediately start working with technical manager Gerry Hamstra and that the two will gain the confidence of the management and the supervisory board with the summer transfer period approaching. “After the club initially polled Jordi Cruijff after the departure of the director of football affairs, the red carpet now seems to be rolled out for the inseparable duo H2”, the newspaper wrote. NOS still cautious with a return to Amsterdam “I’m having a good time here, but Ajax is of course a special club.”
Cruijff did not enter Barcelona at the most ideal moment last summer. Due to the strict rules of LaLiga, the highest Spanish league, the Spanish top club had to lower the salary ceiling from 382 to 98 million euros. “These rules are much stricter than the European ones. That is very complicated to understand. I myself also spent a few hours with specialists to understand the concept exactly,” said Cruijff in conversation with de NOS† “The ideal situation of five years ago, where you could just buy the two best players, that’s very difficult now. You can’t really think of a five-year plan. You have to look at how you can already make the selection strong for next season. If you don’t have money, you don’t always end up in ideal situations.”
Still, Cruijff saw plenty of opportunities at the Spanish top club, as players still want to play for the superpower, even though Barcelona can offer less than before. “Everyone knows it will be a financial sacrifice, but players are still very eager to come here. You notice that even players who are at clubs where the chance of winning Champions League is greater still want to come to us. That is very special.” Cruijff, who previously worked in China, Malta and Cyprus, emphasized that he is not looking far ahead with Barcelona for the time being. “You don’t already plan what you will get next year. We can’t.”