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Transfer: Xavi tells four Barcelona players not to show up for preseason, leave LaLiga club

Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has told four first-team players not to report for pre-season training this summer.

Xavi is ready to shake up his squad ahead of his first full season in charge of the LaLiga side.

boss Xavi has ruthlessly told four first-team stars to skip pre-season training as the Catalans attempt to kick-off a summer exodus.

Despite having raised about £176m due to a sale of 10% of their TV rights, Barca are still in a worrying financial situation.

That could lead to a number of squad numbers departing this summer.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Xavi has told academy stars Oscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig to not attend pre-season training.

The duo are both out of contract at the end of next season, so Barcelona will be looking to sell them, as they will be free agents in 12 months.

Defender Samuel Umtiti is also among those who could be set to depart, as a succession of injuries have hampered him for the last four seasons.

The final player told that his future lies away from the Camp Nou is former Middlesbrough frontman Martin Braithwaite. The Danish striker, 31, arrived from Leganes mid-way through the 2019/20 season but has scored just ten goals in 56 outings and made just five appearances last season.

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