Xavi talks about Lewandowski FC Barcelona transfer and confirms which players will leave
FC Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has opened up on Robert Lewandowski’s potential move to the club while confirming which players will leave ahead of next season.
Barca face Villarreal at Camp Nou on Sunday night in their last game of the current season, and with the Bundesliga already over last weekend, Lewandowski has confirmed to current club Bayern Munich that he wants to look for new pastures.
Asked about the approach to the serial goalscorer – who will cost between 30 and 60 million euros ($31.7 and $63.3 million) – during his pre-match press conference, Xavi admitted that it was ‘possible’ for the Pole to arrive in Catalonia.
“He also said it publicly,” Xavi pointed out. “There are negotiations, but it won’t be easy. He still has a one-year contract with Bayern.”
“The economic situation is what it is. We are not in the running for Haaland or Mbappé, but that is what we have inherited. We must not look back, but forward”, also insisted the manager , with the two next-generation stars destined for Manchester City and possibly Real Madrid respectively.
Xavi said president Joan Laporta had given him ‘confidence’ that Barca would be able to bring in reinforcements.
“We made a sporting plan, but I don’t want to talk about money. I’m here to talk about football,” Xavi stressed. “The economic diagnosis is what it is. But let’s talk football.”
However, for new players to arrive, some also have to leave and Xavi confessed to having spoken with ‘four or five players’ who are not in his long-term plans.
“I feel bad for some, but I have to make decisions,” Xavi said, adding that Riqui Puig, Samuel Umtiti, Oscar Mingueza and Martin Braithwaite are among those he has already sat down with.
As for Champions League semi-finalists Villarreal, Xavi called them the ‘best team we’ve faced’ in La Liga.
“Tomorrow they play to qualify for the Conference League. We have to show personality and [know] let the fans come and have fun. There will be plenty of scoring opportunities and a good show. And of course, [we have to] win,” concluded Xavi.