In preparation for the next football season 2023-2024, Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona coach, sticks to some current elements, and refuses to just talk about the idea of selling them during the summer transfers.
And the Barcelona administration had previously expressed its willingness to listen to offers made for the team’s players, in an effort to get rid of some of them in order to reduce expenses, balance accounts, and allow room for new contracts.
But as for Xavi, he believes that 7 of his “influential” players are in no way touchable, according to the Spanish newspaper “Mundo Deportivo”. We review them in the following lines:
1- Marc-Andre ter Stegen
The German goalkeeper has bounced back this season and even wrote his best ever record, keeping 25 clean sheets out of 34 La Liga matches.
– LaLiga (@LaLigaArab) March 15, 2023
Ter Stegen scored only 11 times in the “La Liga”, and it is considered one of the main factors that bring Barcelona closer to regaining the league title, which has been absent from the team’s coffers since the end of the 2018-2019 season.
2- Andreas Christensen
Christensen arrived in Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer of 2022, coming from Chelsea, who refused to sign a new contract with the Danish defender.
Christensen quickly proved his quality and eligibility to wear the Barça shirt, and with his colleague Ronald Araujo formed a solid defensive duo, which won the admiration of Xavi.
FIRST BARÇA GOAL FOR CHRISTENSEN! pic.twitter.com/DOJQczEea9
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 29, 2023
And while he was absent from the team due to injury, Barcelona suffered a lot and that cost him early exclusion from the Champions League, in addition to the “Blaugrana” suffering a severe loss from Real Madrid 0-4, in the second leg of the King’s Cup semi-final.
3- Ronald Araujo
Since his promotion to Barcelona’s first team in October 2020, Araujo has established himself as one of the strongest defenders in La Liga, and perhaps in the world.
Araujo represents us all pic.twitter.com/Xpw9OIwRyK
– FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona_ara) May 2, 2023
Araujo’s level has developed so much with the “Blaugrana” in the current season, that the fans lose safety in the matches in which he is absent from the team.
The Spanish newspaper describes what Araujo offers as an “impossible to beat” defender.
4- Frenkie de Young
The Dutch player resisted all attempts to get rid of him in the summer transfer window in 2022, and even proved wrong everything he thought of selling.
– LaLiga (@LaLigaArab) October 20, 2022
De Young is currently the best heir to Spaniard Sergio Busquets, who is nearing the end of his career with the team, especially since the Ajax player has already adapted to Barcelona’s style of play.
5- Pedri Gonzalez
It can be said that the 19-year-old young player represents one of the great deals concluded by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
– LaLiga (@LaLigaArab) November 2, 2022
Pedri succeeded in convincing Xavi of his talent from the first moment, and he became an essential and indispensable element in the squad thanks to his ability to control the ball and deliver it to the attackers in the best conditions.
“He is the best talent in the world,” Xavi said of Pedri. “He reminds me of Iniesta.”
6- Ousmane Dembele
At a time when the Barcelona administration was in the process of removing the French winger from the team due to his refusal to extend his contract in the second half of the 2021-2022 season, Xavi was his most prominent defender.
Xavi is very confident in Dembele’s ability to make the difference, and this is what finally convinced the Frenchman to sign a new contract, and the “Barca” coach is still in his opinion, and refuses to discuss the idea of selling the player.
– LaLiga (@LaLigaArab) August 28, 2022
Xavi sees Dembele as one of the best wings in the world, and he also serves his style and philosophy of play, and a player like him is not available in the market.
7- Robert Lewandowski
Barcelona’s top scorer in the current season, thanks to which the offensive form of the “Catalan” team has changed, which suffered a lot in the last season 2021-2022 from the absence of a player capable of ending attacks within the competitors’ goal.
Lewandowski fought a lot to join Barcelona last summer, a year before the end of his contract with Bayern Munich, to bring the “Blaugrana” closer to the “La Liga” title with his 19 goals.
“Barcelona” entertains its fans with three clean goals, and “Lewandowski” continues to shine.
– LaLiga (@LaLigaArab) September 3, 2022
And “Mundo Deportivo” confirms that Lewandowski is the only player in Barcelona who managed to score in all the competitions in which the team played (La Liga, King’s Cup, Spanish Super Cup, Champions League, European League).