Last Updated:

Xavi Believes Mane And Aubemayang Won't Fit At Barcelona, Wants Neymar Back

Barcelona legend Xavi expressed that Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will find it difficult to adjust to Quique Setien's style of play at Camp Nou.


Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi has advised his former club to not sign the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane from the Premier League. The 2010 World Cup winner rates both Premier League forwards highly but believes that they won't fit in the current Barcelona side. There have been numerous rumours surrounding Barcelona's recent growing interest in Arsenal skipper Aubameyang. Aubameyang and Mane shared the 2018-19 Premier League Golden Boot alongside Mohamed Salah. 

Also Read | Atletico React To Clattenburg Admitting Real Madrid's Goal In 2016 UCL Final Was Offside

Xavi wants a player in the Samuel Eto'o mould in Barcelona

Xavi expressed that Mane and Aubameyang will find it difficult to adjust to Barcelona manager Quique Setien's style of play. In an interview with The Sun, Xavi said Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can be lethal in open play but Barcelona need players who know how to move in small spaces. "I am thinking about a player who would adapt to Barcelona and it’s not easy to find one. Samuel Eto’o was perfect as is Luis Suarez right now." added Al-Sadd's manager, Xavi.


A post shared by Xavi (@xavi) on

Xavi recently admitted that he was offered the managerial position at Barcelona when the club parted ways with Ernesto Valverde in January. Xavi, however, turned down the offer as he believed it was not the right time for him to lead Barcelona.

Also Read | Ex-Arsenal Striker Nicklas Bendtner Reveals He Blew Close To £6 Million In Texas Hold 'Em

Neymar transfer rumours: Xavi wants the Brazilian back at Camp Nou

Like most of the club's fans, Xavi believes that Neymar is the solution to Barcelona's problems. The former Barcelona ace stated that Neymar is among the top five players in the world. Xavi added, "I hope that he returns to Barcelona. He was his (Messi's) team-mate. He would add a lot. A positive character. It would be an extraordinary signing to become a difference-maker."

Also Read | Arsenal, Chelsea And Other London Clubs Set To Lose £3 Million On Whopping 700,000 Pints

Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez and RB Leipzig's Timo Werner are the other players who are being strongly linked with the defending LaLiga champions. Barcelona are reportedly eager to find Luis Suarez's replacement and want to keep their options open. Barcelona's primary goal is to bring Neymar back from PSG but the big-money move could be scrapped due to the financial hit European clubs have suffered amid the loss of TV and matchday revenue.

Also Read | Jose Mourinho Asks Guardiola, Lampard "to Stay Home And Watch Bundesliga" As Tempers Fly

First Published:
By 2030, 40% Indians will not have access to drinking water