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FC Barcelona News: 21 May 2024; Xavi Hernández exit rumors heating up, Ronald Araujo wanted by Aston Villa

Pedri scores first FC Barcelona brace – FC Barcelona
There was never any doubt that Pedri is one of the best players in the world, but injury troubles have meant we have been denied the chance to see him at his best this season. But the 3-0 victory over Rayo on Sunday gave us a fine reminder of what the Canary Islander can do. Despite only coming on in the second half, he scored not once but twice to help secure a place in the Spanish Super Cup.

Ter Stegen still on course for the Zamora – FC Barcelona
Ter Stegen kept another clean sheet on Sunday against Rayo, and that means he is still in contention to retain the Zamora trophy for the best goalkeeping record in La Liga. After conceding four times in Girona, it was starting to look very unlikely that the German would win the prize, but three clean sheets in a row mean that if he can avoid conceding against Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán and Unai Simón does get beaten at Vallecas, then he will be honoured with the trophy.

Premier League side Aston Villa emerges as candidate to sign Barcelona star Ronald Araujo – Football España
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo remains the prime candidate to leave the club this summer if there is a big player to be sold, and it has already emerged that there were contacts with Bayern Munich in January. Manchester United took an interest in him before he renewed his last deal in 2022, and the Red Devils are also monitoring his situation again.

Vitor Roque is one Barcelona player whose future could change based on Xavi Hernandez decision – Football España
Roque’s agent Andre Cury publicly declared that either Xavi would start playing him more, or he would leave the club, rejecting the idea of a loan deal to get him more experience in Europe. He is set to meet with Sporting Director Deco shortly, but a different coach might be more open to giving Roque more game time next summer.

Barcelona dressing room unsettled by Joan Laporta moves – Deco in contact with agents – Football España
Barcelona’s plans for this summer, next season, and indeed next week remain uncertain, as the future of Xavi Hernandez once again appears to be in the air. If it wasn’t already, it is starting to impact on the dressing room.

Xavi Hernandez camp hoping Barcelona stint is ended next week as manager ‘struggles to sleep’ – Football España
The future of Xavi Hernandez appears to be hanging in the balance less than three weeks after President Joan Laporta told the world that he still believed in his ability to make Barcelona competitive next season. Xavi had decided to resign in January, but went back on his decision, declaring that he still believed in the project.

Xavi Hernandez ‘knows’ Barcelona President Joan Laporta wants to sack him – Football España
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has rejected exit talk repeatedly over the past few days, but few are calling the matter closed, with a meeting set between Xavi and President Joan Laporta for the end of the season.

Thiago Motta denies Barcelona contact over Xavi Hernandez replacement – Football España
Thiago Motta’s agent has denied any contact has been made to offer his client to Barcelona. The situation in Catalonia remains undecided with Xavi Hernandez in talks with Joan Laporta over his future at the club.

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