Xavi fired by Barcelona after a plan to sell their star player

Xavi’s desire to part ways with striker Robert Lewandowski contributed to his departure from Barcelona, ​​a report claims.

Public comments about the club’s transfer strategy ultimately saw Xavi relieved of his duties earlier this month, just weeks after Barcelona officials convinced him to reverse his decision to resign at the end of the season.

While Xavi’s comments are believed to be at the center of the dispute, SPORT They claim that his desire to sign a new striker to replace Lewandowski played a huge role in his departure.

It is claimed that Xavi and his staff felt that Lewandowski, 35, was no longer a good fit at the top of their team and instead wanted a young striker with more energy and ability to get involved in the team’s preparation.

Xavi is also said to have taken issue with Lewandowski’s attitude towards younger players behind the scenes, believing he was not a suitable mentor at a club that focuses on developing local talent.

Robert Lewandowski, Vitor Roque

Lewandowski and Roque could have left Barça / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

President Joan Laporta and his associates were therefore disappointed to see Xavi so publicly dismiss Vítor Roque, who ESPN claiming that the boss really wanted to get rid if he stayed this summer.

Roque and Lewandowski were lined up for summer departures, while Xavi also did not want Barcelona to take on the services of loan signings Joao Félix and Joao Cancelo.

Xavi publicly admitted that Barcelona’s squad needed several signings to be able to compete in both La Liga and the Champions League, challenging the club to finance another expensive summer despite its well-known financial problems.

Taking his place will be former Germany and Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick, who coached Lewandowski to score 83 goals in just 71 games during his stay in the German capital.