The president of Barcelona, Laporta, publicly expressed acceptance of Xavi’s statement about leaving the club at the end of the season. Also, he praised Xavi, referring to him as a legendary and honest figure of the club who loves Barcelona. Xavi announced his departure after the team’s defeat to Villarreal, where Barcelona fell 10 points behind the leading Real Madrid.
Xavi described the work at Barcelona as unpleasant and harsh, affecting his mental health. Despite this, he won the La Liga title and the Spanish Super Cup last season, and he will leave the club a year before his contract expires.
In response, the club president insisted that the league is not yet lost, emphasizing the need to fight until the end. He also stressed the importance of giving their all to win the Champions League. Barcelona is set to face Napoli in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 in two weeks.