Wed 18 January 2023 | 16:31

Xavi: “Nobody should leave Barcelona” amid Raphinha and Depay rumors

Despite falling out of Xavi's pecking order at Barcelona, the Blaugrana boss insists he needs both of the players at Camp Nou.

Arriving at


from Leeds United last summer,


became a target for Arsenal after they missed out on Mykhaylo Mudryk. Meanwhile,

Memphis Depay

appeared as a target for Atletico after they loaned Joao Felix to Chelsea.


Xavi Hernandez

insists he wants to keep his squad together. Ahead of their Copa del Rey clash at Cueta, Xavi told on Raphinha's future:

"I try to be clear with the players and, for me, nobody should leave.

"I am delighted with the squad. I don't want anyone to leave, it is another thing if they ask to leave."

On Depay, he replied:

"Deciding if he wants to leave, it's not an easy situation for him. From here to whether he wants to leave or not, I don't know. I'll discuss it with him," later adding: "I'm very happy with the squad. If nobody wants to leave, I'm delighted."

Frenkie de Jong

, who was linked with a switch to Man United at the start of the season, has become an integral part of Xavi's team.

"He feels comfortable and we give him a little more freedom," the Blaugrana boss said of De Jong. "He is a footballer that I really like and he has extraordinary conditions to be one of the best midfielders in the world. He is at an excellent level."

Barca will face third-tier side


in the Copa del Rey on Thursday after struggling to get past another third-tier opponent, Intercity, in the previous round.


It's good for us to have the experience of Intercity so we don't fail,

" Xavi said.

"The most important thing is to get through the tie.

"We arrive at the best moment of the season, but we can't get lost. We have to show our superiority and continue the success of the Super Cup.

"We are in a good moment of performances and results. We had an excellent game [against Real Madrid]. We have three trophies left and we can compete. It seems that we are turning around, but we have to have consistency."



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