Xavi: “The fans have to understand that we need time and stability.”

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernández addressed the media ahead of their match against Almeria on Thursday. The Spaniard promised improvement to the squad with incomings in the summer, but also warned fans that they are not in the same position financially as they were 25 years ago.

Barca have the opportunity to extend the distance from third-placed Girona to four points with a win on Thursday night. However, the Blaugrana outfit acknowledge that they must improve, as they don’t want to be competing for second-place.

According to Relevo, Xavi is set to meet with club officials to discuss the salary margin and financial situation of the club in order to know what positions to prioritise in the summer. The 44-year-old head coach has called for patience and stability ahead of a crucial summer transfer window.

He said: “The objective is to change and incorporate people. We need improvements. Things that have not been done well have to change.

“We are going to try to compete against the big players. The fans have to understand that the situation is difficult economically and has nothing to do with twenty-five years ago when a coach came and said which players he wanted to sign. Now we are not in the same situation. conditions than the rest of the European clubs and, the Barcelona player has to understand it.

“That does not mean that we do not want to fight or compete, but that is the situation and the fans have to understand that we need time and stability, but we will do everything possible to compete.”

Xavi also provided an update on the future of Joao Félix and Vitor Roque, who have both been linked with moves away from the club. Félix is on loan from Atletico Madrid, who are demanding a substantial transfer fee for a permanent move, while Roque has been linked with a move away due to his lack of playing time.

The manager added: ” The intention is for him (Roque) not to come yet in December, but we had the option of incorporating him and we decided that he would come and get to know the club and compete.

“He is a young player and he is developing. This has happened all his life. There is no debate sense.

“He has helped us a lot and his numbers are very good, but he has a lot of competition. Joao has been important and he has to be important until the end of the season.”

Rajan Sangha | GSFN

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