“I would try to learn Catalan” – Arsene Wenger reacts to talk of Premier League switch for Barcelona
The five-time European Cup winners could leave La Liga for another nation’s top flight if Catalonia achieves independence, sports minister Gerard Figueras suggested over the weekend.
The Premier League was mooted, Figueras arguing that countries outside England such as Swansea have taken part, and the league’s longest-serving manager was asked to discuss the suggestion.
“I would try to learn Catalan,” Wenger said, after witnessing his side collect all three points against Brighton & Hove Albion.
“If Barcelona want to join the Premier League it makes it even more difficult to win the title.
“But I didn’t think they are as far as that. It’s interesting because it’s a development that will have an influence on the sporting side.
“Barcelona is a highly political club and it’s interesting to see how they respond.
“We have enough clubs here. 20 and they want to go up to 24. Before we have to welcome the Scottish clubs before we go to the Spanish ones.”
A European powerhouse
Barcelona – alongside Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid – have played in every edition of the Spanish Primera División since it’s inception in 1929 and even had the honour of winning the first championship.
They are the league’s second most decorated club, behind arch-rivals Real, having been champions on no fewer than 24 occasions which leaves them nine titles behind Los Blancos.
The club’s most dominant period of success has undoubtedly been across the last decade. Under the auspices of three different managers (Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova and Luis Enrique) they’ve won six of the last nine championships.