Former Barcelona boss has backed his old club’s treatment of youth stars over their recent transfer ban.
Barcelona have recently been hit with a 14-month transfer ban following reported irregularities found in a number of their youth transfers.
Spanish rules state that clubs cannot buy player under the age of 16 unless they pass one of three important rules – one of those being the involvement of the player’s parents.
Barcelona’s famed academy La Masia hosts young players and provides both education and a home, though it is thought to have been one of the issues regarding the Barcelona wrongdoing.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also a keen admirer of bringing foreign youth players to the Premier League – including players from Barcelona such as Cesc Fabregas – although the Frenchman backed FIFA’s decision to issue a transfer embargo.
In a recent interview, Arsene Wenger criticised Barcelona for bringing in younger players without the support of their parents.
This was met with bafflement from a number of Catalan journalists, with one in particular keen to remind The Gunners boss of his reputation across Europe in farming through young talent.
Former Catalan icon and current Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola knows all about the famed La Masia, and when asked upon the subject, he backed his boyhood club’s treatment of their youth stars in light of Wenger's criticism.
“In La Masia, they look after the young players.” Elgoldigital reports.
Despite not wishing to go any further, Pep Guardiola’s defence of Barcelona will be very important for FIFA when the Catalans lodge their reported imminent appeal.