New Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has remained coy on the future of Xavi Hernandez, after interest from a number of clubs, including Arsenal. Barcelona’s dismal end to the 2013/2014 season saw them miss out on the Copa del Rey, Champions League and La Liga titles and their poor form has caused a number of high profile players to be linked with a summer exit. One of those is Xavi Hernandez, the club’s leading appearance holder, who has been strongly linked with a summer move, that has seen the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and a number of Major League Soccer sides show interest.
Whilst a move seems unlikely given the fact that the Spanish international will now captain the side after his friend and Barca hero Carles Puyol called time on his career; Xavi’s future is still being questionned. And, new boss Luis Enrique has hardly ended that doubt, by revealing in his first press conference as boss of the La Liga giants, that he will sit down and discuss things with the 34-year-old. Xavi? He’s a friend and an ex-teammate. We’ll sit down and talk about what he wants and what we want, the former Celta Vigo boss said.
Meanwhile, Enrique also touched on the future of Javier Mascherano but sounded more optimistic in keeping the Argentine defender.
Mascherano is an example of someone with character to be captain. Good & important players will stay.