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Barcelona veteran not in Xavi’s plans, but will be evaluated during pre-season

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Barcelona began their pre-season camp earlier this week as manager Xavi Hernandez kickstarted preparations for the upcoming season.

The 42-year-old tactician has begun the camp with almost the entire squad barring the internationals who were involved in matches last month. At the same time, he has also welcomed back a few players that were out on loan the previous season.

One such player, Francisco Trincao, is on his way out, with a permanent move to Sporting CP on the horizon.

Another star who was loaned out last season and is widely expected to depart this summer is midfielder Miralem Pjanic. Like Trincao, the Bosnian midfielder joined Barcelona in 2020 from Juventus, arriving as part of a contrived deal that saw Arthur Melo move the other way.

However, the 32-year-old endured a torrid debut campaign at Camp Nou, failing to win over then-manager Ronald Koeman. The former AS Roma and Juventus ace was loaned out to Besiktas in the last season.

Now back at Barcelona, Pjanic has reported to pre-season training. And as reported by Mundo Deportivo, even though the veteran midfielder does not belong in Xavi’s plans, the Barça manager is prepared to take a closer look at him in the coming weeks.

Pjanic was one of the players who was given an extra week off by the club so that he can sort out his future away from Camp Nou. However, the 32-year-old joined the camp with the rest of the stars on July 4.

Even though there are not many hopes after his middling loan spell in Turkey last season, Xavi will get a live look at the midfielder during the pre-season and assess if there is any chance that the Bosnian can help the team.

The report states that there is a possibility that Pjanic even travels with the rest of the squad for the pre-season tour to the United States. However, given the plethora of options in midfield for Barcelona, and his high wages, it is unlikely that he will be kept along beyond the summer.

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