Xavi shares why he snubbed €40m Barcelona player vs Real Sociedad

Date:

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 13: Xavi, Head Coach of FC Barcelona, gestures during the LaLiga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on May 13, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.
Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Having arrived at Barcelona in the last winter transfer window, the Brazilian striker Vitor Roque is not having as good a start to this new chapter of his career as he and the Catalan club would have expected.

He made his debut in the Blaugrana colors on 4th January against Las Palmas, in a match that ended 2-1 in Barcelona’s favor. Since that time, the Brazilian has made 13 appearances, with only two starts, but accumulated only 310 minutes and scored only two goals. He is also yet to make his debut in the UEFA Champions League.

In recent days, there have been rumors of him departing the club, with Barcelona looking to send him on loan, while the player’s agent claiming that if Roque leaves, he will leave permanently.

In these circumstances, the decision not to give him any minutes in the last match against Real Sociedad could have made things even worse between Barcelona and Roque. However, as SPORT has reported, Xavi had a clear reason not to put the striker on the pitch.

The Barcelona head coach clarified that the striker “Suffered a strong blow to the ankle. He was nursing an injury, he didn’t go out to warm up.”

Furthermore, Xavi also explained that Roque has also not been able to get many minutes on the pitch because of the great competition in the forward line.

Since his arrival, all the other strikers in the squad have been ahead of the Brazilian and thus it has been difficult for Roque to get many minutes on the pitch even when fully fit.

But things seem to be getting increasingly complicated for the youngster, as the Real Sociedad match was the fourth game in a row in which he has spent the entire match on the bench.

Recommended Articles

Related articles

Barcelona Director Deco’s position also at risk, claims Romero

There are no guarantees at FC Barcelona, both on and off the pitch. The Blaugranes have just endured...

10-goal Barcelona gem reacts after another MOTM performance

Although the La Liga title is already beyond their grasp, FC Barcelona were still able to get important...

Xavi set to be sacked in another twist in the Barcelona managerial saga

The top managerial position at Barcelona has experienced a roller coaster of a year. Xavi, who started the...

Report uncovers why €70m Barcelona player missed recent games

Despite there being two more games left to play, the current season is already over for FC Barcelona...

Fermin 8.5, Fort 7.5 | Almeria 0-2 Barcelona: Player ratings

Despite a rather stale performance, FC Barcelona emerged victorious against Almeria. A 2-0 scoreline is ultimately what gave...

Official: Barcelona starting XI to take on Almeria

FC Barcelona are now three games away from the end of the La Liga season. Far from an...

Brazil icon thinks Barcelona ace is too old to continue at the club

Not everyone sees eye to eye with the Barcelona management and how they run things. The case of...

Barcelona check-up with La Liga to see the possibility of signing Spanish winger

There is little to no doubt in the minds of FC Barcelona higher-ups that they must revamp the...

Four reasons why Barcelona want PSG midfielder for next season

For any aspiring player to end up at FC Barcelona, they have to exhibit something truly special. Talent,...

€40m Brazilian gem’s comparison with Vinicius warrants more patience from Barcelona

Vitor Roque arrived at Barcelona in the last winter transfer window with a lot of hopes and expectations...

Xavi to start promising 17-year-old defender as Barcelona face Almeria

After Girona fell to Villarreal in their last league encounter, FC Barcelona now have a clear path to...

Barcelona and PSG on another collision course this summer

As Barcelona continue to work to strengthen their squad for the next season, one of the players who...