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Xavi talks Pedri, Ansu Fati and summer transfer plans ahead of Real Sociedad clash


Barcelona boss Xavi Hernández spoke to the media on Sunday to preview Monday’s crucial La Liga clash against Real Sociedad at the Montjuïc Olympic Stadium as Barça look to reclaim second place ahead of the final three games of the season.

But the coach had to answer many questions that weren’t about the game as the club approaches a busy summer that could bring a squad revolution in the transfer window as well as international commitments for many of the players in the current group.

Xavi spoke about his Spanish stars and the possibility of them playing two international competitions, and also made a pretty strong indication that the club will focus on signing a new defensive midfielder in the summer.

Here are the highlights of Xavi’s presser:


On Pedri

It’s not up to me if he goes to the Euros. I see him well, training one hundred percent. We have tried to manage his situation and he is fine.

On Ansu Fati’s chances of making next season’s squad

Don’t ask me more about planning. It will depend on the end of the season and the situation we are in.

On Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsí playing in Euros and Olympics

We will speak with the federation in the event that Pau and Lamine decide to play in both the Euros and the Olympic Games. We will talk if the case arises.

On finishing second

It would be a setback not to achieve it, it is a vital match to recover this second place that is vital for us.

Transfers

I tell the players that it’s about us and now the goal is to finish second. I understand that there is talk of departures and transfers but there is no one transferable right now because we are focused on tomorrow’s game.

On goals conceded

We know that many games that we have played without a natural defensive pivot have marked our season. When we have chosen Oriol [Romeu] or Andreas [Christensen] we have competed better. That is a staff error. This lack of dominance in the midfield has weighed heavily on us.



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