president Josep Maria Bartomeu says should play three games outside of Spain a year.

Plans to play Girona’s home fixture against last month in were abandoned due to a “lack of consensus”.

The Spanish Football Association and players’ union were vocal in objecting to the move.

“If we want to be strong, we are to play in these games,” Bartomeu told BBC Sport.

“At Barca we have sometimes been talking to and have been telling them that if you want to promote more and more, then we should have three games of the year outside – one in America, one in the Middle East and one in Asia.

“We have to go and be closer to the fans. We do the summer tours in July and August to go closer to the fans. It’s us showing respect to them, going to would have been respect to our fans in the USA.”

has signed to play one game a season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevent. Catalan neighbours Girona and had agreed to move their game to the Hard Rock Stadium on 26 January.

The Spanish top-flight says it is still planning to stage a league match outside of Spain.

“Of course, we strongly support any club’s international ambitions as we certainly share the vision of bringing action closer to fans everywhere and making a stronger international brand,” the league’s chief communications officer Joris Evers told BBC Sport.

“We continue to work towards playing a match outside of Spain and want to do that as soon as possible. We are working with all stakeholders to make it happen.

“We see this as a logical next step in the growth of our league and as a clear benefit to everyone involved.”


Spanish football expert Guillem Balague

Having failed to get the green light to play an official league match overseas, president Bartomeu has revealed that his aim is to see a minimum of three fixtures played out of Spain in three different continents.

Any such plans, however, will be firmly challenged by the Spanish Football Federation.

The Federation’s objections stem from the fact that took it upon themselves to negotiate a 15-year deal with Relevent, a media company, without consulting with the Federation.

The matter is further complicated by the personal differences and antipathy known to exist between chief Javier Tebas and Federation president Luis Rubiales.

counters any objections made by the country’s football ruling body by citing the Spanish Super Cup that was played in Tangier in Morocco although the Federation, not unreasonably, claim that this is a one-off match rather than an integral part of the league programme.

Now, having been thwarted in their previous attempts, the ante has been upped from the one game that wasn’t played in the end, to talk of three games taking place.

Earlier setbacks have only made all the more determined to get their plans through, not least because they feel they have the backing of the clubs – especially – who sense the opportunity to take the brand to new shores in order to gain new fans, an even higher profile, potential new sponsors and certainly more money.

While for the time being are keeping their powder dry, Bartomeu especially is showing no such reticence and is keen to leave it in place as part of his legacy as president of the club.

The dream of the Catalan club president will undoubtedly create massive waves in Spain and is a further indication of just how much football is going to change over the next few years.