Breaking news from the press conference on Friday – Xavi Hernandez delivered a bombshell announcement that Mateu Alemany will be staying with Barcelona, causing a surge of perplexity among fans and media alike. The coach also touched upon the upcoming match against Real Sociedad, specifically their highly coveted star Zubimendi.
Previously, it appeared that Alemany was leaving, with reports indicating a deal with Aston Villa was practically signed. However, Alemany apparently had a sudden change of heart and expressed a desire to stay at Barcelona, sending shockwaves through the football community. Hernandez confirmed Alemany’s U-turn, stating that “he wants to be here” and praised him as a “sensational worker” who has brought order to the club.
In addition to Alemany’s decision, Jordi Cruyff also announced his departure from the club, which will likely be a big loss according to Hernandez, who said he “wanted new challenges”. Hernandez acknowledged that changes are coming both behind the scenes and on the field, including the priority signing of a defensive pivot to replace Sergio Busquets. This appears to hint at the possible acquisition of Real Sociedad’s defensive midfielder, Martin Zubimendi, whom Hernandez describes as remarkable, with a profound understanding of the game and a strong winner of duels.
With Barcelona having already mathematically won La Liga, their match against Real Sociedad on Sunday is considered a dead rubber, as they will be presented with the trophy post-game. The sudden turn of events surrounding Alemany’s decision to stay, as well as the potential signing of Zubimendi, has left fans and media alike with a sense of burstiness and uncertainty.