Ramos and rest of Madrid not needed by Barcelona, says Freixa

The presidential candidate ruled out the arrival of the defender at Camp Nou despite recent reports he might be swapping Clasico clubs

Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa would refuse signing Sergio Ramos or any other Real Madrid player if he is elected.

The former Blaugrana board member, who served during the terms of current rivals Joan Laporta and Josep Maria Bartomeu before being sacked by the latter in October 2014, is in the running for the main post.

And the former amateur footballer looked to strengthen his position before the elections on July 18 by insisting he would not look to bring in a player from their Clasico arch-rivals.

“Nobody has offered us Ramos. The club currently needs no player from Real Madrid,” he said in an interview with Onda Cero.

Freixa then took a dig at major rival Bartomeu, whom he fell out with while at the club, stating any successful signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke could hardly be used to his credit.

“I am sure that if Koke wants to come to Barcelona he will come, if he wants to, with or without Bartomeu,” he said. “I do not think you have to start the election campaign focusing on names, but more a management model.”

The candidate promised to rejuvenate La Masia as part of his election campaign and revealed he would hire Eric Abidal – the club’s prospective new sporting director if Laporta is re-elected – as well if he were to triumph.

“Abidal is a person whom I know and admire,” Freixa added. “He is a symbol and an emblem. If I win the elections and am president, we have reserved a role for him certainly.”

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