Barca: Xavi confirms imminent departure

FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez (42) was present at a press conference on the eve of the Champions League match against FC Viktoria. The Spaniard took the opportunity to discuss the Miralem Pjanic case.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who returned to Catalonia this summer after a six-month loan to Besiktas, will sign up for an Emirati clubSharjah FC, after being linked with French training, among others. A decision taken by Miralem Pjanic himself, and not by the club, according to Xavi: “He chose to leave the club to try to get more minutes or opportunities. Everyone is in control of their future, they were professional to the end and I thank them for that. I like the player, but he made the decision to leave. He got an offer that gave him more playing time, and I totally understand that having more minutes makes him happier.

FC Barcelona, ​​a priori, is satisfied with this departure, since it will allow the Spanish club to extend the contract of Gavi (18), a Spanish midfielder trained at La Masia and linked to Barça until 2023.

A failed move to FC Barcelona

Transferred to the Catalan club in 2020, for the modest sum of 60 million euros, in exchange for the Brazilian Arthur, who left for Juventus for 76 million euros, Miralem Pjanic has never won at FC Barcelona. The former Lyonnais played 30 games, in all competitions, during his first season at the club (2020-2021), then has not put on the Blaugrana jersey since. In Besiktas, the Bosnian did not leave a great memory, despite an extended playing time (20 Turkish league games, 2 assists).

Under contract with FC Barcelona until 2024, Miralem Pjanic will therefore join the United Arab Emirates shortly, via a transfer whose amount has not been filtered.

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