Xavi on why he’d find signing Hector Bellerin ‘hard to accept’

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Hector Bellerin El Mundo interview: full transcript

Xavi says he would find it hard to accept if Hector Bellerin were to re-sign for Barcelona.

Their interest in the Arsenal man has been made clear this summer, but the former midfield great believes that when a player turns his back on the club at an early age, that should preclude a return.

Despite the fact players like Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique have come back to the club – the defender in particular being a huge success – Xavi says that he can’t understand why players choose to leave at such an early age.

Speaking about Bellerin, he told SPORT, “I haven’t see him play a lot, but it’s difficult for me to accept a player that we already had.

“It can work out or not, but I would not sign players who leave. Why are their leaving at 16 or 17? It’s baffling to me, I don’t understand it.”

When it was put to him that there may be a clearer path to first team football at a club abroad, he was having none of that either.

“Playing in the first team has never been easy,” he said.

“I had a very difficult time getting there and becoming settled. But a player can’t leave during the development process.

“When I was 16 I didn’t want to leave. My idea was that I was in the best place and if Chelsea or United came in for me, I would have said no.”

A strong, principled stance there from the 37 year old who has been plying his trade in Qatar since 2015.

Still, he won’t have to worry about Bellerin for a while at least as he is going nowhere.

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The Director
The Director

He sounds quite bitter, now that hector stays put. The w*nker had no probleem with Barça signing cesc and pique… really hope we don’t give them the pleasure of signing hector, as he still is one of the most exciting talents around.
COYG!

My cheese smells wiggy
My cheese smells wiggy

It’s inevitable

Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa
Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa

I say Barca should make Xavi their sporting director. That’s the only way we can get them to fuck off with their DNA crap.

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

Xavi is the Spanish equivalent of Paul scholes. Very good player but a total wanker when he speaks.

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage

So much for Barca DNA, eh Xavi?

Terry Henry
Terry Henry

Fuck off Xavi

Bossman
Bossman

can’t upvote all these repsonses enough really

Squiggle
Squiggle

Xavi always seemed to embody the sort of snide sanctimony which put me off the modern Barcelona, even as I admired their football and some of their players (Puyol, for example). Real Madrid’s attitude, in contrast, is more ‘yes, we are complete bastards’. I can respect that.

Random Witness
Random Witness

I upvoted your comment. But I find your name difficult to digest. Why should Henry be in the same name as “Terry”? 🙁

Dotman
Dotman

The name is an oxymoron. Hero and cunt.

gooner1981
gooner1981

So would we Xavi, so would we….

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

Bullshit! You were one of the worst culprits when it came to tapping up Cesc through the media. You’re just bitter because this is one you’re not getting.

Me So Hornsey
Me So Hornsey

He’d have said no to Chelsea back then anyway.

Obviously there’s no way he would have shifted the incredible midfield duo of Dennis Wise and Eddie Newton.

Humber
Humber

Wasn’t Xavi one of the principal tapper uppers of Cesc. I seem to recall a whole Barcelona DNA statement. Wanker

UMG
UMG

Ah well nobody’s forcing you, fella.

youngsnow
youngsnow

Lol these Catalans are comedians.

Santi Claws
Santi Claws

i know, he was a great player and all but..

fuck off xavi

sid
sid

i hope the interview at the very least offered Xavi some ointment to apply to the burned area.

Mr.Gigantor
Mr.Gigantor

Xavi. The most overrated footballer. EVER.

sid
sid

i hate his comments and double-standard but come on, Xavi was world class, genius footballer. Led Spain to world cup and two euros.

Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa
Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa

Xavi undoubtably goes down as one of the best midfielders ever, regardless of how you feel about him. Even if he’s a Cunt, the guy was an unbelievable player.

Gooneron
Gooneron

The fuckis wrong with him, wasn’t he part of the brigade who used the Cesc Barca DNA and always wanted him back at Barca? These Barca players currents and former are cunts, well except Ronaldinho and Henry.

Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa
Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa

And Puyol, absolute legend on and off the pitch

Paul
Paul

Easy to say.

I bet Barcelona wouldn’t complain if they got Hector back. But he’s ours.

Rhyle
Rhyle

Rentagob for Barca, spouting the party line. Didn’t have too much to say about this Fabregas and Pique put pen to paper…Their arrogance is expected but they’re taking it to whole new levels with this nonsense. Butthurt is the word these days I think…

Forceoffive
Forceoffive

Is this guy for real?

The whole Cesc saga, Piqiue and not to mention this quote from back in April:

“Obviously I would bring back Dani Alves,” Xavi said. “He decided to leave but for me he is the best right-back in the world at the moment. Barça miss him a lot.”

Iceberg10
Iceberg10

Isn’t this the same wanker who touched his crouch everytime he spoke abt Cesc when he was still an Arsenal player?

Bon Jello
Bon Jello

I used to love Barcelona as a child, I always saw them as the good guys against Real’s financial dirty tricks. But as I got older and the millennium occurred, and so too the wealth of information readily available on the internet that came with it, I realised that Barca had their own dirty tricks, on and off the pitch, and despite his brilliance Xavi was a key member of that petulant spoilt Barca bratt pack. Yes Real are immensely braggadocios with their money muscle but they’re not slimy psychologically manipulative butt nuggets like Barca (well, not as much). And given Barca/the ref cheated us out of a CL trophy…
I’m an Atletico fan these days.

NigerianGooner
NigerianGooner

I’m a fan of any team that challenges the dominance of the Spanish big two.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Until Costa. I mean for fucks sake, Costa!!!

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

“she’s not that fit anyway”
“I only asked her out as a joke haha”
Etc

PFo
PFo

Ok, these comments are ridiculous, but rather than getting all bent out of shape towards one of the best players of his generation, and by all accounts a classy guy, we Arsenal fans should recognize he was almost certainly put up to this with, at best, leading questions from the Spanish journalist. He’s just spouting the party line, because Barca have realized they have no chance of getting Hector so they have been forced to move on. The quotes were probably also framed by the paper, taken out of context, etc, to sound as dismissive as possible. That’s just what the Catalan press do. It’s silly, but I hardly think it merits getting all upset at Xavi about it. If they hadn’t used him, they just would have trotted out some other current/former player to say much the same thing. It’s just propaganda.

Hasfire
Hasfire

Classy guy? The fucker is one of the worst cunts in world football. Cracking player, horrible person.

not so fed up
not so fed up

Xavi please engage your brain before opening your mouth you hypocrite!!!

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

Sour grapes, Xavi.

lewdoo92
lewdoo92

Go stick your Barca DNA up your arse Xavi

Goonie
Goonie

With the recent youth exodus I can understand in a way where he is coming from. I agree with him that some players make the move without any fight for a place in the starting XI. Now you have players bullying clubs to guarantee a starting place or for more minutes. Wilshere being an example of this last season. Having said that, competition is huge in that Barca academy and not a lot of playing time can lead to a players performance and development to stagnate or regress

Bosk
Bosk

Xavi, lovely footballer, but he can do one

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage

He’s just a shit Iniesta

goonerchriz
goonerchriz

Someone’s getting salty. I like it. Keep crying Xavi, shove that barca dna nonsense up your b*tthole. bloody wanker

Mpls
Mpls

Sounding like a crotchety old man. I hope Hector’s seen this so he can understand yet another shit facet of Barca.

Ndubya5
Ndubya5

Not sure why Arseblog news is hosting a Barcelona FC editorial tbh. It was excruciating enough having to see that big mouth twat tap up Cesc for a whole year all over every media outlet. It would be great if Arseblog didn’t give him a platform too.

dr Strange
dr Strange

What a fucking cunt that bigmouthed bastard is. Fuck off Xavi.

determined culture
determined culture

yup i have to totally agree with Xavi on this one. since hector left Barca at a young age the club should see him as a judas of sorts, and make no attempt to contact him, let along entertain the thought of signing him. sentence him, banish him, to the far reaches and treacherous rains of London for the next decade.

Biodun
Biodun

Now Xavi will not sign Hector after the Barcelona shenanigans did not work anymore! They found out Arsenal cannot be bullied now that the austerity period is over.

Alan Sunderland\'s Afro
Alan Sunderland\'s Afro

He didn’t find tapping up Cesc hard to accept though did he: “I especially hope that Cesc comes. He is a football player with Barca DNA and he is showing at Arsenal that he is on another level. I would love him to sign and that we could play together at Barca. Clearly, a lot of his career is ahead of him and I think that in the future will be at Barca.”

A bit of a hypocrite I think.

HM
HM

I’ve thought for some time that Xavi could go fuck himself. That thought has returned.

AndersB

Feel bad for Deulofeu now, his “new” clubs legends sound like cunts….

David Pornstein
David Pornstein

Absolute bollocks, easy for him to say, after it worked out for him, there were so many players who stayed during the “process” but was unable to break through.
Leaving gives them a chance to grow elsewhere, in what world does it make sense as a footballer to stay at a club and not play football.

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

This guy has always been the mouth piece for Barcelona whenever they wanted any of our player. Why can’t he simply just shut up and spend his old age happily. It’s annoying to see him constantly speak about Arsenal players and try to lure them.

iamtheantisp*r
iamtheantisp*r

I hate Xavi. I have always hated Xavi. I will always hate Xavi.

Ktm_gooner
Ktm_gooner

Looks like “But but, Messi deserves it” wanka is back to off pitch routine

grafattack
grafattack

Como se dice “douchebag” en Espanol?