Two surprising Barcelona players ‘burst into tears’ when Xavi announced his exit

Two Barcelona stars burst into tears in the dressing room when Xavi announced his decision to step down as manager.

Xavi, who took charge of the club in November 2021, will leave his position at the end of the season, with one player asking him to reconsider his decision.

The 44-year-old inspired Barca to the La Liga title in the 2022/23 season in what was his first full season in charge.

But with the Catalan giants 11 points adrift of league leaders Girona, Xavi has decided to leave the club at the end of the season.

On Sunday, he delivered a speech in the dressing room where he communicated his decision to the players.

According to local outlet3Cat, Joao Cancelo and Robert Lewandowski burst into tears following Xavi’s speech.

Cancelo and Lewandowski were both signed by Xavi.

Captain Sergi Roberto also addressed the squad as he asked for commitment until the end of the season.

On his decision to step down as Barca manager,Xavi said: “I’ve been a man of the club. I’ve prioritised it above even myself. I’ve given everything I have.

“And I will continue to do so to make the fans feel proud.”

Xavi on the touchline during Barcelona’s game against Villarreal. Image: Getty

Xavi won an impressive 25 honours during his trophy-laden spell at Barca as a player and will leave his post on June 30 despite having a year left on his deal.

He added: “I think the club needs a change of dynamic. For the good of the players, I believe that they will free themselves. We play with a lot of tension.

“For the good of the board of directors, it is best that I leave. I will give my best. I think all of that will help the dynamic change. This is the message I would like to give. I think I am doing the right thing.”

Barca lost 5-3 at home to Villarreal last weekend as they occupy fourth spot in the league.

They return to action on Wednesday against Osasuna.

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