Gavi in Chelsea transfer talks but desperate Barcelona boss Xavi warns: ‘I don’t think he would be happy.’
BARCELONA boss Xavi has warned Gavi that the grass isn’t always greener amid reports linking him with a Chelsea transfer.
Gavi was rewarded with his first contract at the Nou Camp, which would keep him at Barcelona until 2026.
But the Catalan giants were forced to remove him from their roster of first-team players due to their ongoing financial woes.
As a result, the teenager could now go on a free transfer in the summer.
Chelsea have reportedly spoken to Gavi’s representatives about a potential deal, with one report suggesting Todd Boehly is ready to make him one of the Premier League’s highest-earning players.
However, Xavi is desperate to keep the 2022 Kopa Trophy winner and has wondered if a move from Barcelona would be right for him.
When asked about Gavi’s departure, he said: “I don’t think Gavi would be happy at another club.
“He has everything here. He’s 18 years old. He’s a key player in our team.
“For me, he is an outstanding footballer.
“I don’t know what his decision will be but I think his future is here at the club.”
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Gavi has made 40 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions this season, including 27 in La Liga.
He also played at the World Cup and became the tournament’s youngest goalscorer for Spain with his appearance against Costa Rica.