Xavi Believes Barcelona Shouldn't Have Signed Fabregas And Pique

You can guess what he thinks of the Bellerin rumours

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Xavi has spoken out against his former club's chase of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, stating that Barcelona should never resign players who choose to leave at a young age.

The diminutive hair gel merchant, 37, was speaking to Spanish newspaper Sport when he was asked if he would sign the Spanish right-back.

"I have not seen him play much but let me say one thing – I would find it difficult to sign a player that we [Barcelona] had previously had at the club," he told the paper.

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Bellerin moved to London at the age of 16 in search of first team prospects, encouraged by Cesc Fabregas' experience at the club in 2003.

When the interviewer mentioned the relative success of Fabregas and Pique, who both moved to England at a young age only to return, Xavi replied:

"It can work out good, bad or indifferent. But I am not in favour of bringing back players who have left. Why do they leave when they are just 16 or 17? I really don't understand it."

Former Barcelona teammate and captain Carlos Puyol has since hit back at Xavi's comments, telling Football Espana: "It's his opinion, but therefore he wouldn't have signed Cesc or Pique, the latter of whom has given incredible service. I think you have to analyse each case individually and also analyse the reasons that led them to leave in the first place.

"You have to see things as they happen and if you have the chance to sign Pique, who's the best centre-back in the world, and you don't because he was at your club and left, it's a mistake."

Arsenal fans will be hoping that Barcelona's head honchos have their minds changed by Xavi - but we doubt it.