Xavi has ridiculed Barcelona’s summer transfer plan and is keen to continue the revolution at the club, citing Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo as an example of his age.
Barcelona manager Xavi Cristiano Ronaldo has said that age is not an issue when it comes to Ronaldo’s summer transfer plan.
The Spaniard has made a remarkable comeback since being appointed last November, leading his former club from 9th to 2nd place in La Liga with just two games left in the season. The 42-year-old, who appears to be planning to continue his revolution and add to his squad this summer, has hinted at a possible player profile for the Barcelona boss.
The 33-year-old Polish international is still stuck in a new deal with the Bundesliga champions, as the money-hungry Catalan club have been linked with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in recent months. Xavi used the symbol of Manchester United as evidence that age was not important in a possible acquisition.
Asked if Barcelona were interested in Lewandowski, Xavi said: “I don’t care about age. We signed Dani Alves when he was 38!
‘Players take care of themselves, they are more professional. Examples of Alves, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Luka] Modric, Cristiano [Ronaldo] or [Lionel] Messi. “
After Ronaldo’s sensational return to Old Trafford last summer, the 37-year-old was widely expected to remain in the Premier League. However, the Portuguese superstar silenced those who doubted he had scored 24 goals
He has made 39 appearances for United this season, 18 of them in the Premier League.
While these numbers are impressive, they are small compared to Lewandowski’s exploits this season. The 33-year-old has scored 49 goals in 45 appearances for Bayern Munich this season, helping Bayern win their Bundesliga title for the 10th time.
However, in the near future, the environmental changes for the striker seem to be very good. Lewandowski, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2023, has yet to make his future at Bayern, and he has already announced his new squad.
Despite rumors that Barcelona are interested in signing the striker this summer, Bayern president Herbert Heiner recently announced that Lewandowski will remain the Bundesliga record holder next season. According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Heiner said: “Robert Lewandowski has a contract with Bayern until June 2023 and he will fulfill it.”
The Bavarians believe they sent the same message as Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi, but the announcement did little to deter Barcelona from trying to take over Poland this summer. The striker could be a player who came to the Nou Camp, but Frankie de Jong could leave.
The Dutch midfielder has been linked with a reunion with Eric Ten Hag at United this summer. Xavi stressed that De Jong is still a key part of his plan, but stressed that the club’s financial situation could lead to the sale of some of Barcelona’s current squad and new players.
“I’ve said many times that Frankie is very important and he’s a key player,” Xavi added. “Then there’s the club’s financial situation and it has to be decided. I’m not talking about Frankie in general.”
Alan Shearer gives Gary Lineker his middle finger after mocking him for failing in the FA Cup
The two stars of the day and former England internationals were often teased for winning each other’s trophies, and this time Lineker dominated the debate.
Former England international Gary Lineker laughed at Alan Shearer, who co-starred in Game of the Day, and the former Three Lions striker, who has never lifted a FA Cup trophy.
It has long been a joke that couples win trophies in their own collections. Lineker never won the first division with his team, but Shearer lifted the Premier League at Blackburn, but the FA Cup has always escaped Newcastle.
Lineker, on the other hand, lifted the oldest football competition in the 1990/91 season at Tottenham Hotspur. Shearer won two FA Cup finals with Newcastle in 1998 and 1999 against Arsenal and Manchester United, but failed to qualify twice.
Ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool, Lineker touched on an empty space in the Shearer’s cupboard and took a video of the former Southampton star sitting next to silverware.
“That’s the look, that’s the little beauty,” Lineker said proudly. “Here’s your winning cup,” he barked at Shearer, holding a small plastic coffee cup toward his co-worker.
In return, Lineker, the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer, could do nothing but live his life with his middle finger to tell him exactly what he thought of the joke.
Jürgen Klopp’s Reds face Thomas Tuchel’s Blues, both of which promise to be one of the most evenly-matched FA Cup finals in recent history. Although they will play in yellow.
This is believed to be due to superstition, with Chelsea losing to Liverpool in the last two FA Cup finals in the run-up to the Carabao Cup earlier this season, which was unfortunate under Wembley’s archives.
All of these games were competitive as Chelsea wore the blue jersey, so the goal was to switch to the visitors’ yellow jersey and finish this bad form on the biggest stage. The same is the ribbon that Tuchel wore to beat Crystal Palace at Wembley in the semi-finals this season.
Chelsea previously wore a yellow shirt to the FA Cup final in 2009 against another Merseyside team under Wembley in Everton. It was the fifth time the FA Cup had been won by the Blues, who came from behind to lift the trophy, beating Ihes 2-1.