Barcelona may seem hell bent on ruining Chelsea’s season but their president Joan Laporta insists he’s currently showing them respect.
That comes as he refused to talk at length about Barca’s interest in Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.
The Spaniards have already dealt a number of blows to the Premier League side this summer.
They pipped them to the signing of Leeds winger Raphinha, then snapped up ex-Chelsea man Andreas Christensen on a free transfer.
Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele opted to re-sign for the club over joining the Blues on a free, while the Catalans signed Robert Lewandowski ahead of them.
And then, after a protracted pursit, Chelsea missed out on Sevilla defender Jules Kounde to – you guessed it – Barcelona.
They have also been long-term admirers of Azpilicueta and Alonso but after the Kounde transfer, the Blues reportedly blocked any move for the duo.
And in an interview with CBS Sport, president Laporta was asked about the situation but remained coy.
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He replied: “They are under contract at Chelsea and we respect this as well as the new owner. I don’t want to talk about players who belong to other teams.
“I respect Cesar and Marcos as footballers. They are very, very good players. They show their quality and talent at Chelsea.
“But I don’t want to talk about them as a matter of respect for Chelsea.”
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