Barcelona coach Xavi says he feels ‘free’ after switch window closes

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez says he feels free after the switch window closes, with Hector Bellerin and Marcos Alonso turning into the membership’s seventh and eighth signings of the summer time.

Barca have been one of many busiest golf equipment in Europe throughout the window, spending greater than €150 million on Robert Lewandowski, Rafinha and Jules Coundé alone.

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Bellerin, Alonso, Andreas Christensen and Franck Casey all additionally arrived on free transfers, whereas teen Pablo Torre joined Racing Santander.

Greater than 15 gamers, together with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Dest, left the membership on Thursday, giving Xavi reduction that he can now act with some certainty about who will probably be on the membership this season.

“I really feel somewhat freer now that it is throughout, now we all know what we have now,” the Barca coach instructed a information convention on Friday.

“It has been an awesome effort and we have now an awesome crew to work with.”

Regardless of this, Xavi indicated that he would love so as to add extra. He revealed earlier in the summertime that the membership had missed out on Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta and by no means hid his need to herald Manchester Metropolis midfielder Bernardo Silva.

“It is nearly a best-case situation,” Xavi mentioned, reflecting on the switch window.

“Maybe [we are] Lack of a participant… However he mentioned, I’m very happy with how issues went. The membership made a titanic effort to satisfy the signing we made. I’m very joyful and grateful for the trouble everybody has put in.”

One participant to stay on the membership is Jordi Alba. The left-back has all the time been current within the facet over the previous decade, however has not too long ago misplaced his place to teenager Alejandro Balde, whereas Alonso is available in to offer additional competitors.

Xavi, nonetheless, insists that he wished Alba to remain at Camp Nou after the hyperlink with Inter Milan and says he’ll play an essential position this season, no matter whether or not he resumes the sport or not.

“I would like Jordi right here as a captain, however I even have an excellent relationship as an individual,” Xavi mentioned.

“He is a frontrunner and he’ll assist rather a lot regardless [playing time], He’s dedicated to the membership. I am going to say it once more: I am glad to have him right here. I by no means wished to depart him.”

Xavi would have most popular Aubameyang to remain as effectively, however understood why the previous Arsenal striker, who was dropped for a backup position at Barca after the signing of Lewandowski, wished to return to the Premier League with Chelsea.

Aubameyang, 33, solely joined Barca in January and left for Stamford Bridge in a €12m deal after scoring 13 targets in 23 appearances.

“I’m unhappy to see him go,” the Barca boss mentioned. “He gave us rather a lot right here in a brief period of time. He made a distinction in video games, he posted some distinctive numbers, he is an awesome man, all the time smiling, trains effectively.

“But it surely was a possibility, above all for him, but additionally for the membership. Everybody was pleased with the deal however I am sorry to lose a participant like him.”

Barca are again in motion on Saturday once they journey to Sevilla in LaLiga (Dwell Streaming, 3PM ET, ESPN+Xavi’s crew has seven factors from three matches to this point, whereas Sevilla have drawn one and misplaced two of their opening three matches.

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