Xavi, “an expiration date”


By: Manu Tournoux

An elimination of FC Barcelona this Tuesday evening in the Champions League could precipitate the already announced departure of Xavi.

This Tuesday evening, FC Barcelona welcomes Naples, to the Camp Nou, for the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League. In the event of the Catalan club being eliminated by their Italian visitors, Xavi’s departure, announced for the end of the season, could be anticipated.

“I’m not important. The important thing is the club. I’m not important here, I already have an expiration date. It’s clear and it’s not important. The important thing is not me tomorrow. The important thing is the team, the club, that we are competitive and that the supporters are united in a full stadium, and that they experience a magical night”explained the 44-year-old technician on Monday at a press conference.

Priority to the institution

“This is the scenario and the mentality of Barça supporters tomorrow. I see this as an opportunity but I don’t want to play my personal card tomorrow. The priority is the team, the club and that everyone is united,” continues the man who has 133 caps as a player with La Roja.

On January 27, following a defeat (3-5) against Villarreal, during the 21st day of the Spanish Championship, Xavi announced his intention to leave FC Barcelona at the end of the exercise in course.

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