Barcelona coaches and directors keep researching the market in order to reinforce the squad as soon as they are officially allowed to do so
Despite being banned from signing any players until January 2016 due to breaking FIFA transfer regulations, Barcelona coaches and directors keep researching the market in order to reinforce the squad as soon as they are officially allowed to do so. Understandably, it is becoming increasingly challenging to attract talented youngsters to the Camp Nou given the current situation.
To make matters even more difficult, the future of current Blaugrana players such as Xavi Hernández or Pedro Rodríguez seems to be further and further away as the season progresses due to the limited amount of opportunities they are enjoying under Luis Enrique.
After 16 years in Barça’s first team in which he has lifted a jaw-dropping 22 trophies and set a new record number of appearances for the club, 35-year-old Xavi has reportedly decided to leave his beloved Catalunya at the end of the season and look for new experiences in a different league.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the No. 6 is incredibly close to accepting the €10 million per year that Al Sadd has offered him. Considering the deal is expected to last at least three seasons, it is undeniable that moving to Qatar makes perfect sense from a purely financial point of view.
The No. 6 is incredibly close to accepting Al Sadd's €10 million per year
Stepping aside after becoming more of a backup player than a regular starter is a clear example of Xavi's full understanding of life at the Camp Nou, his determined effort to always put the club’s interests before his own. With hungry youngsters such as Rafinha, Sergi Roberto or Sergi Samper challenging the legendary maestro for the limited playing time he is currently enjoying, the time is definitely right to move on.
While his departure would mean a blow for Luis Enrique’s squad in terms of leadership, skill and know-how, ultimately Culés must accept that nothing lasts forever, however difficult such reality may be to accept. Given his many years of service, it is only fair that Xavi is given a free transfer as a farewell gesture at this stage in his career.
Luckily, the unforgettable memories that the Terrassa-born midfielder has gifted Culés with during his nearly two decades as a professional will remain in our hearts forever. Words can simply not describe the admiration and respect that millions of Blaugranas around the world feel for the player who, with his leadership and vision, turned a star-studded squad into a legendary team that impressed the world in style.
Pedro is currently experiencing one of his most difficult years as a professional. After a couple of seasons of performing below the level a player of his calibre is expected to deliver, El Canario has actually recovered some of the dynamism, speed and goalscoring instinct that made him indispensable during the Pep Guardiola era.
However, having a world-class front three with the likes of quadruple Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, Brazilian superstar Neymar and current Golden Boot winner Luis Suárez is certainly not helping Pedro’s progression into the player he would like to be.