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Xavi’s departure from Barcelona could be bad news for Sergi Roberto

Xavi Hernandez’s exit at Barcelona looks set to be bad news for captain Sergi Roberto whose future has been plunged into doubt again.

Roberto had been expected to sign a new contract at the club this summer, with Xavi having made it clear on several occasions he wanted the skipper to stay.

Yet Xavi has now left his position as first-team boss and is set to be replaced this week by former Bayern boss Hansi Flick.

Mundo Deportivo are reporting that the managerial change means Roberto’s contract renewal is at a “standstill” while Barcelona make plans for next season.

The change in coach and the club’s salary limits are said to be behind the delay and it’s not entirely clear what happens next.

Roberto’s priority is to stay on at Barcelona but it is thought he does have other offers if Flick decides it’s game over at the Camp Nou for the veteran.

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