Before FC Barcelona’s match at Barbastro, in the Copa del Rey, Xavi encountered the contractual situation of one of his players.
Xavi puts pressure on management. Following the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey at Barbastro, the FC Barcelona coach openly encouraged an extension of the contract of a key member of his team, whose current engagement ends in June next.
Xavi greets “an example for the whole world”
During his press conference, the Blaugrana manager asked the Catalan club to sign a new contract for midfielder Sergi Roberto, who has had very little playing time since the start of the 2023-2024 season. “Yes, I recommend the Sergi Roberto extension club. You already know it. It is crucial that the child has the same name as the messages. Little explanation is needed. He says he represents Barça. He is an example for everyone. It’s so critical, but it’s still very efficient. I’m sure you can continue with him.
A double against Almeria
Having trained at La Masia, the 31-year-old has made 358 appearances in all competitions, including 237 in the league, with 19 goals and 41 assists to his name. This season, due to injuries and competition in his position, the Reus native has only made nine appearances in the league. Sergi Roberto was his son as team leader but lost the winning team of Robert Lewandowski’s teammates against Almeria (3-2), on December 20.
Is FC Barcelona responding positively to its coach’s request? The player decides not to rest at Camp Nou? Although Xavi’s intentions are very clear, the suspense remains as to the final situation of number 20.