Barça aren't losing any sleep over Xavi Simons decision to leave and join PSG. His departure doesn't change the current project in La Masia because they didn't consider him a key part of the future. He'd become more 'marketing' than the second coming. Many coaches claim he only started for the Cadete A last season because Jorge Alastuey suffered a season-ending injury at the beginning of the season. Those same coaches believe Marc Casadó and Txus Alba have a lot more potential than Simons.
"Now we can breathe easily," admitted some people associated with La Masia. It wasn't easy dealing with a 16-year-old who was already known worldwide and incredibly popular across social media. He was a star off the pitch but less of one on it.
Barcelona even considered not offering him a new contract but, perhaps concerned by how letting a player of his name value leave without a fight, decided to make an overture to his people.
He's brave, courageous and capable of having all the focus on him due to his distinctive hair. Simons continues to work on fighting his natural instincts in order to produce his best football. He was capable of doing it all alone at a younger age but needed to learn to become more of a team player. He'll continue that process at PSG now, who see his signing as somewhat of a revenge transfer following the Neymar stalemate.
Barça know this stage of a player's development is where players can accept much larger contracts from England, Germany, Italy and France. Although this season has seen a change in that policy with bigger deals offered to Ilaix, Antsu, Balde, Alba and Casadó.