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Xavi on Haaland interest: No one has said no to Barca since I arrived

Barcelona coach Xavi has revealed that not even a single player the club approached said no to joining since he was appointed coach.

As per reports, Xavi had a meeting with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland in Munich last Tuesday, where he is recovering from an injury that has kept him out of action since January.

The Barca tactician didn’t confirm nor deny meeting with Haaland with multiple reports stating that the Catalan giants along with Real Madrid and Manchester City are eager to sign Norway’s hitman this summer.

“Is that confirmation [of the meeting] or a question?” Xavi laughed in a press conference on Wednesday when asked what feeling he got from Haaland about his willingness to move to Camp Nou.

“Look, it is always a good moment to sign for Barcelona. For me, this is the best club in the world. And, honestly, not a single player has said no to Barcelona since I have been here [as coach].”

Asked how he convinces players to sign, Xavi added: “You explain how we play and how we train. You tell them that here they will touch the ball 40 times a game instead of 20.

“I try to let them know about the club and about how wonderful the city is. I transmit that it is a golden opportunity for any player and the style of play will make them a better player.”

Xavi was speaking ahead of the first leg of Barca’s Europa League round-of-16 tie against Galatasaray at Camp Nou on Thursday.

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