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Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez firefight after funds bite ruffles feathers

In a message directed at Barcelona fans, Xavi said earlier this week that no one should get too excited about the summer transfer market since there is little money to spend

AP/PTI Barcelona Published 18.05.24, 10:27 AM
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Xavi Hernandez's honesty about Barcelona's ongoing financial strife has reportedly not sat well with the club.

In a message directed at Barcelona fans, Xavi said earlier this week that no one should get too excited about the summer transfer market since there is little money to spend.

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Spanish sports media has been rife with reports since then that club president Joan Laporta was not pleased with those comments and could be thinking of firing the former Spain great.

After Barcelona's 2-0 win over last-placed Almeria on Thursday, Xavi said he “understood the noise” that his comments generated, but that he is convinced his job is secure.

“I understand the noise, Barca are always like this, but I am calm and fully motivated, and that is what I transmit to Laporta and (sports director) Deco, who are the most important people in this project,” Xavi said.

The reported friction between coach and club came after Xavi said on Wednesday that “our fans and club members must understand the situation is very difficult, above all on the economic level, for us to compete with our top rivals, whether it be Real Madrid or teams in Europe.

Officially, the club said it had no comment on the media reports that Xavi's job could be in danger. Barcelona will finish the season without a title.

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