Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has expressed confidence in young talents like Lamine Yamal to lead the club into the future.
Following Barcelona’s recent 5-3 loss to Villarreal at home in La Liga on January 27, Xavi announced his decision to depart the club at the end of the season. With the Blaugrana out of both cup competitions and trailing leaders Girona by 11 points in La Liga, Xavi’s departure has sparked speculation about the future of some of the club’s big-name players. However, the Spanish manager remains optimistic about the potential of the club’s youth prospects.
In a statement via Barca Times, Xavi highlighted players such as Lamine Yamal, Pau Cubarsi, and Hector Fort as integral to Barcelona’s resurgence, stating, “Players like Lamine Yamal, Pau Cubarsi, and Hector Fort are the future. They will make the club great again.”
Yamal, aged 17, made his senior debut for Barcelona in April last year under Xavi’s guidance, emerging from the esteemed La Masia academy. The talented winger has showcased his abilities in 31 appearances, contributing three goals and five assists.
Similarly, Cubarsi recently made his senior debut earlier this month during Barcelona’s Copa del Rey encounter against Unionistas. The 17-year-old defender has already amassed four senior appearances, featuring in every game since his debut.
Furthermore, Hector Fort made his senior debut in Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League match against Royal Antwerp in December. The 17-year-old right-back has made four appearances for the Blaugrana, demonstrating promise on the field and even providing one assist.