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Three veteran players that will form Hansi Flick’s core at Barcelona

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Hansi Flick is stepping into the role of head coach for Barcelona, taking charge of a team that boasts a mix of young talents and seasoned veterans. 

While the younger players are more than capable of making significant contributions, it is clear that the experienced veterans will form the backbone of the squad in the upcoming season.

The Barcelona management is well aware of the importance of keeping their veteran players. 

Although the plans under the previous coach, Xavi, were somewhat different, the change in leadership has altered the future for several players, particularly those who might have been let go if Xavi had remained in charge.

With that in mind, let’s look at three veteran players who are expected to be central to Flick’s plans for Barcelona next season.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be a key player for Hansi Flick. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen is a player that Hansi Flick knows well from their time together in the German national team. 

Over the past few years, ter Stegen has been one of Barcelona’s standout performers and despite a few flaws in his game, he has consistently proven his worth to the team.

Barcelona are not currently considering any changes in the goalkeeper position, so it is widely expected that Ter Stegen will remain with the team regardless of any market rumours. 

At 32 years old, ter Stegen will play a crucial role under Flick’s leadership and even with tempting offers from clubs in Saudi Arabia, he is set to continue wearing Barcelona’s iconic royal blue jersey next season.

Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski was a mainstay for Flick during his Bayern Munich days. (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Robert Lewandowski’s future has been a hot topic lately. Previously, as stated before, Xavi had considered replacing him with Artem Dovbyk, a striker from Girona, during the summer transfer window and this move might have happened if Xavi had stayed in charge.

However, Flick’s arrival has changed the situation for Lewandowski. The German coach has a history of working with the striker and understands his value, particularly in mentoring younger players. 

Flick is keen to reunite with Lewandowski and believes that, despite the forward’s age, he can still perform at a high level and play a pivotal role in the team’s success.

Ilkay Gundogan

Ilkay Gundogan will not leave Barcelona. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Ilkay Gundogan is a player who commands a great deal of respect within the Barcelona squad. 

Having been a key player during his time at Manchester City, he is highly regarded by Flick. The new manager believes that Gundogan will be a fundamental part of the team next season.

There has been interest from Turkish teams in Gundogan, but he is not considering leaving Barcelona.

This is because Gundogan feels a strong sense of loyalty to Flick, who previously appointed him as the captain of the German national team. 

This shared history suggests that Gundogan will once again be a key figure under Flick’s management at Barcelona.

Conclusion

In summary, Flick’s appointment as Barcelona’s head coach marks a new era for the club, with a blend of youthful energy and experienced leadership. 

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Robert Lewandowski, and Ilkay Gundogan are three veteran players who will play crucial roles in the team’s future. 

Ter Stegen’s consistency as a goalkeeper, Lewandowski’s experience and scoring ability, and Gundogan’s leadership and midfield prowess are all invaluable assets that Flick will rely on as he builds his team for the next season.

These players not only bring skill and experience to the pitch but also provide mentorship and stability to the younger members of the squad. 

Their presence will be instrumental in helping Flick implement his vision and strategies, ensuring that Barcelona remains competitive at the highest levels of football. 

As the new season approaches, fans can look forward to seeing how these veterans will contribute to Barcelona’s quest for success under their new manager.

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