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Barcelona plagued by internal strife and media leaks ahead of crucial Champions League clash

Posted : 21 February 2024

As Barcelona gears up for the crucial Champions League clash against Napoli, the club finds itself embroiled in internal turmoil and media leaks. Frenkie de Jong, in a recent press conference, openly criticized journalists, accusing them of spreading false information about him.


Reports from Spanish newspaper Ace reveal that Barcelona is troubled by widespread leaks to the media, including private conversations between coach Xavi and players, prompting concerns about a lack of confidentiality within the club.


Allegations suggest that Xavi, feeling besieged by paranoia, has resorted to checking players' phones to identify potential leaks to journalists on WhatsApp. Barcelona has taken a stringent stance, threatening journalists with restricted access to pre-match press conferences.


The situation has escalated to the extent that players have reportedly requested meetings without the involvement of Xavi's assistants, suspecting leaks from within the coaching staff and causing a divide within the club.


In the aftermath of these internal disputes, Frenkie de Jong expressed his frustration with media reports, vehemently denying rumors about an exorbitant salary and affirming his commitment to Barcelona. However, conflicting reports within Spain suggest that the inflated salary claims may be internal tactics aimed at pressuring de Jong to consider leaving the club.


With Xavi already announcing his departure at the end of the season, potential successors like Rafa Marquez, currently coaching Barcelona B, faced criticism for promoting a gambling company on Instagram. The club received complaints, highlighting the challenges Barcelona faces both internally and in securing a suitable replacement for Xavi, with candidates like Hansi Flick and Roberto De Zerbi in consideration.


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