The coach was open about the players he has spoken to this week who won't be needed
Xavi Hernandez, the Barcelona coach, was clear in his press conference against Villarreal over players who are leaving in theory.
Asked about four players, he said he does count on them for next season.
Umtiti, Riqui Puig, Braithwaite and Mingueza were the players and Xavi said he had spoken with them and some others.
He said the conversations extended to some players who will stay too, and that it was “important to talk with them, so they have enough time. We have to be honest, speak to their face and let them know the club’s intentions.”
Luuk de Jong and Adama Traore may also be among these players. He said the players took it “with a very good disposition, they made me get emotional, giving me thanks. It was very good, that’s the truth. Decisions are hard but you have to be very clear. They would have very few opportunities, I don’t want them to be bitter. It will be hard for them to play and they will be happier at other very important clubs. It’s the reality and the decision is to say these things.”