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Xavi’s revolution at Barcelona: only eight survivors from the squad in 2021



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A major highlight of the summer transfer window for Barcelona was the sheer number of players that left the club.

A host of big-name stars, along with even smaller names left the club either on permanent or loan deals, helping the club lower its wage bill by about €161 million.

Only eight players have survived Xavi’s reign

The departure of the sheer number of players at Barcelona this summer is just another reminder of how Xavi has reshaped Barcelona during his spell at the club.

In fact, MARCA reports that only eight players have survived Xavi’s reign at Camp Nou since he was appointed as the Barcelona coach at the end of 2021.

That list of players includes Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Gavi, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Ronald Araujo, Alejandro Balde, Inaki Pena and Sergi Roberto.

It must be noted that de Jong was very close to leaving Barcelona last summer whereas Pena was never really a part of Xavi’s first-team plans, though he very much rates the goalkeeper.

A sea of change under Xavi. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, three veterans Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, and Jordi Alba must also be mentioned, with one of them retiring and two of them leaving the club at the end of last season.

On the flip side, players who have departed include superstars such as Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Memphis Depay, and Miralem Pjanic among others.

Out-of-favour players like Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, and Martin Braithwaite are also no longer at the club while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Franck Kessie were forced out due to the club’s circumstances.

Even highly talented youngsters such as Riqui Puig and Sergino Dest did not impress Xavi while Ansu Fati and Eric Garcia have gone out on loan deals this summer.

This is the net result of Xavi’s influence in the Barcelona squad, which has only gotten stronger despite a series of departures in recent years.

At the same time, the Catalans have signed a great deal of new players. But whether or not their new signings step up and deliver this season remains to be seen.

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