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Ligue 1: Xavi Simons’ hard goodbye to Barcelona: “The week the decision was made, he spent crying in his room”

by archysport

Updated

15/01/2022

14:15

Xavi Simons has everything to succeed. It is one of the great pearls of world football. In 2019, after training in the Barcelona youth academy, I decided to change my mind and sign for Paris Saint Germain. A decision that, as Ferney Agudelo, a coach and talent scout very close to the player at L’Equipe, recalls, was not easy for the young player.

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Bara did not give him the guarantee that if all went well he would debut in the first team before the age of 18. The one who suffered the most was Xavi

Agudelo, on the departure of Simons from Barcelona

“It was not a question of money. His environment realized that he was reaching the ceiling and thought of another sports project. Xavi is focused on improving day by day, but Bara did not give him the guarantee that if everything went well he would debut in the first team before the age of 18. The one who suffered the most was Xavi. The week the decision was made to leave, she spent in her room crying. Then I understood little by little”, explains Agudelo in L’Equipe.

It was not a question of money. His environment realized that he was hitting the ceiling

Agudelo, on the departure of Simons from Barcelona

Now Simons is a PSG player, a club where, in principle, he should have joined the first team last summer, something that did not happen. “He’s gotten a bit more withdrawn in the last few months after this episode”Agudelo said.

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What doesn’t change is the perception they have of him at PSG. “He is extremely committed and professional, demanding with himself and with others, and with a winning culture”, is described by PSG coaching staff, according to L’Equipe.

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