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Barcelona must raise wages to stem youth talent drain - Mestre

Omnisport
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924   //    05 Feb 2018, 00:30 IST
Sergio Gomez - cropped
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sergio Gomez.

Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre concedes the club must address its wage structure for youth players in order to prevent the exit of top talent.

Highly rated teenager Sergio Gomez became the latest La Masia product to fast-track his path to senior football when he joined Borussia Dortmund on deadline day.

The Bundesliga club activated the 17-year-old's reported €3 million release clause, echoing the deals that saw Jordi Mboula join Monaco and Eric Garcia move to Manchester City.

While hesitant to alter the club's "sporting and economic policy", Mestre acknowledged Barca need to become more financially competitive. 

"We can't be blind and ignore reality," Mestre told Sport.

"Within the parameters of youth football, we will raise the salaries of players who interest us, and consequently their release clauses.

"If a player wants to leave, we don't like it because we've helped develop them and get to where they are, but as [Johan] Cruyff said, if someone doesn't want to stay at Barca then get out of here.

"A lot of others could have left, but they stayed. If [youth players] have patience and work as they have to work, they will reach the first team."

Mestre, however, admits the Blaugrana are not in a position to protest the pursuit of their emerging stars.

"We have no reasons to complain. Our youth football also takes players from other clubs," he said.

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