One of Barcelona’s aims in recent years was to rejuvenate the squad and start a new phase. But that ambitious goal of getting rid of veteran players, who were among the best paid, was delayed and postponed, and renewal commitments did not materialize. until Javi arrived. The coach, who had rebuilding the block as one of his main tasks, has made bold decisions and fostered a new image of the dressing room, and he has done it without shaking hands but without flinching or slamming doors. Have done This season, 9 players over the age of 30 have left the Camp Nou.
Jordi Alba was the last person to announce that he was leaving Barra. At the age of 34, and after eleven seasons as a Barça player in the first team, he changed careers and did not complete the remainder of his contract. The commitment of Xavi on the left side of Balde (19 years) has supported this decision. But before the footballer from L’Hospitalet, several other legendary players, for different reasons and with different ways of leaving, have left the Catalan institution in the 22-23 season.
Jordi Alba leaves Barcelona in June
Joan Laporta tasked Xavi with starting the rebuilding of Barcelona in three years, after they had won only one Copa del Rey and had a disappointing time in Europe and the league. And that’s it. He had no problem meeting the players, despite the fact that he had friendly relations with some of the men sharing the dressing room, and made it clear to them that he was not going to have minutes because he would bet on other professionals. Were applying This is the case, for example, of Piku (35 years old), who hung up his boots this season due to his lack of prominence in the eleven, among other reasons. This was also evident in the continued absence of Dani Alves (39), despite the fact that the defender was willing to stay at Camp Nou almost for free.
But Coutinho (30), Aubameyang (33), Pjanic (32), Martin Braithwaite (31) and Neto (33) have also left this season. And Sergio Busquets (34) has also announced he will not renew and is changing scenery. In addition, this summer, he may also release Umtiti, who turns 30 this year.
Busquets joined Barcelona F.C. barcelona
Xavi is tired of repeating that he doesn’t look at DNI when making lineups, and has confirmed this with facts. His commitment to the youth is well known. He has given Balde (19), Araújo (23), Pedri (20), Gavi (18) a lot of prominence… and he has given debuts to many homegrown players, highlighting the case of Lamine Yamal (15). But they have also picked some veterans like Lewandowski (34) or Ter Stegen (30). Coaches are aware that it is important to have some experienced players in the team, not only because of what they can contribute on the pitch, but also because of the advice they can give off the pitch.
The rebuild is paying off: they’ve won the Super Cup and the league. Europe remains his challenge, but the team’s remodeling and future Barra are already a reality, as, moreover, the coach is determined to continue using grassroots football next season. The cases of Alex Garrido, Mark Cassad or Álvaro Sanz, among others, who started this campaign, will continue. Come who comes in summer.