- The Barca coach opened the door to the signing of another attacker if Memphis and Aubameyang leave, but he recalled that “they haven’t left and in principle, we can use them against Real Sociedad”
That Barca faces the second day of LaLiga in a stadium as complicated as that of Real Sociedad, with the added handicap of 0-0 at the Camp Nou against Rayo Vallecano, did not prevent Xavi Hernández ‘s previous press conference from turning more around issues related to the summer market that ends on August 31 than with the competition. The Barça coach was asked, for example, about the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay, who are close to signing for Chelsea and Juventus, respectively.
“There is a market that ends on August 31 and we will see what will happen. Neither Aubameyang nor Memphis has left and tomorrow we will be able to use them. Auba could be important against Real Sociedad, but we will see the circumstances,” explained the Egarense coach, without too much conviction in the possibility of having the Gabonese, who did enter into his plans, unlike Memphis.
He didn’t even close the door on the arrival of another striker: “We’re going to assess him. We have to see how the squad turns out. The priority is to sign up Koundé .” In that sense, regarding the demarcations to be reinforced, he pointed out that “it is clear to me, but I am not going to comment on it. We are working on it and we have time.”
He did show annoyance, although understanding that it is a problem of football in general and not of Barca, that LaLiga started with the open market: “The player should be focused on football and the market should end when the leagues start. In the end, no You work quietly. You’re preparing for the week with a player and he can leave. It’s not the ideal scenario, but it happens to everyone”.