“We’ll try to compete with Madrid, but fans must know the situation isn’t the same as 25 years ago” – Xavi

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has revealed little about their transfer strategy this summer, after announcing that they have no intention of signing Vitor Roque in December. But he announced that there are changes on the horizon, demanding an understanding of the economic situation.

He was asked if he would be happy to compete with the current team next season, and he said that improvement is on his mind. But they still have no clarity on their salary cap situation.

“No, the goal is change. If not, you won't be able to improve.”

“We don’t know, we have to see what the economic situation will be like. But this is not the time to comment on this, I cannot contribute anything.”

At the same time, he remained coy about what those plans might be.

“I'm not telling you (the journalist), I'm telling Diko. The president and Diko are always positive. But the economic situation will affect us again.”

“We will explain everything when we get a picture of the team. First, we will have to plan and strengthen ourselves. Our goal now is not to think about planning, but to play tomorrow and achieve the set minimum: to finish second.

Xavi has tempered expectations about their actions this summer, and with Kylian Mbappe's arrival next summer at Real Madrid, he has asked for understanding from Blaugrana fans.

“We will try to compete against Real Madrid. I think the players must understand that the situation is very difficult. Above all on the economic level. We have an economic situation that has nothing to do with what it was 25 years ago, and we can no longer go out and choose and say 'I want this, and this,' “And that. We are not in the same conditions as other clubs with very favorable economic conditions.”

“Barcelona fans must understand that. This does not mean that we do not want to compete, but this is Barcelona’s situation at the moment. We need stability and time, but we will try to compete.”

Barcelona president Joan Laporta ran his election campaign with the idea of ​​competing against Real Madrid again, tackling the culture of losing without consequences in his view. In the one season in which Barcelona invested heavily, they won La Liga, but it looks like investments and league titles may be scarce in the coming years.


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