Xavi Hernandez on Neymar speculations: “Keeping an eye on things until the market closes”
Barcelona’s coach, Xavi Hernandez, made an appearance on ‘TV3’ following his team’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Joan Gamper Trophy. During the interview, Xavi discussed various topics, including the uncertainty surrounding Ansu Fati and the potential arrival of Neymar, who has been rumored to want to leave PSG this summer, although his father has denied it.
In the Joan Gamper Trophy match, Barcelona struggled until academy players Lamine Yamal, Abde, Ansu Fati, and Fermin were brought on by Xavi Hernandez in the closing stages, making a significant impact. Xavi addressed this issue along with other concerns from the fans, such as the potential departure of their number 10 player and the hypothetical return of Neymar.
When asked about Neymar, Xavi responded cautiously, stating that he couldn’t comment on the matter. He explained that in the past, when he mentioned a player from another team, it caused controversy and anger. He assured that between now and the end of the transfer market, decisions would be made, emphasizing the need for good reinforcements as recognized by the sporting management and the president. Overall, Xavi expressed satisfaction with the team’s training and pre-season.
Regarding Ansu Fati, Xavi expressed uncertainty about his future, mentioning that there is still a long way to go until August 31st. Reflecting on the previous year’s registration situation, Xavi reassured that they are calm and also provided an update on Araujo’s condition, stating that he has a minor issue but is expected to be back on Sunday.
Analyzing the match against Spurs, Xavi acknowledged the opponent’s strength and pace, mentioning that they dominated Barcelona at times. However, he noted that Barcelona improved in the second half after a weak start in the first half.