The name of Erling Haaland does not stop ringing around Barcelona, even Spanish media assured that the Blaugrana coach traveled to Germany to talk with the Norwegian striker. Given this, Xavi Hernández assured that since he landed on the bench at the Camp Nou he has not yet seen any footballer from another team who “has said no” to playing for the Barça club.
In the press conference prior to this Sunday’s league match against Elche, the Barça coach neither confirmed nor denied the meeting he allegedly had this week with Haaland and urged them to focus on the present, although he made it clear that the meeting is being planned. next season.
“I can’t give details. The only thing I can say is that we are working on the future of the club.” answered Xavi, who did speak of the young midfielder Pablo Torre, whose signing for Barça from Racing de Santander was made official last night, and of whom he said that “It’s a natural talent.”
Asked about his role in the signings, the Catalan coach acknowledged that with President Laporta, the director of football, Mateu Alemany, and Jordi Cruyff, a member of the sports management, they form a good team: “My role is important, but I am not alone. Everyone is part of a team and this is very good for Barça”.
In this sense, he acknowledged that the fact of being a former player “it is one of the advantages” that he has when he has to talk to players that interest the club and to whom, according to what he said, he explains details related to the sports project, the game model, the club and the city.
“The most important thing is that I haven’t seen any player yet who has said no to playing for Barça. Everyone is excited to come to Barça and we have to take advantage of this”he highlighted.
Although Xavi has left the doubt about his meeting with Haaland, he did respond regarding the importance that a possible arrival of both the Norwegian and Kylian Mbappé would have in Spanish football: “They would improve LaLiga and it would be more attractive. These types of players attract a lot of spectators.”
With a view to the future, Xavi did not hide and stressed that he would like to have veterans Gerard Piqué and Dani Alves next season. “His performance is being extraordinary”, said.