Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has, on Saturday, provided updates on the futures of three members of his first-team squad.
First up comes the latest on two transfer-linked attackers.
The players in question? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay.
Both Aubameyang and Depay, of course, have been hotly tipped to depart the Camp Nou this summer, the former a known target of Premier League giants Chelsea, and Dutch international Depay expected to link up with Juventus.
Xavi, though, has nevertheless assured that both players will be at his disposal, and therefore in line to feature when the Blaugrana make the trip to Real Sociedad on Sunday:
“There is a market that ends on the 31st of August and we will see what will happen. I’m counting on them tomorrow. They could prove to be important, but we’ll see the circumstances. We will evaluate. Neither ‘Auba’ nor Memphis have left and tomorrow we can use them. We’ll have to see how the squad looks.”
From here, Barca’s boss was too drawn on the situation of Jules Kounde.
Stopper Kounde, of course, was brought to Catalunya as part of a big-money agreement with Sevilla earlier this month.
Owing to the ongoing financial issues at the Camp Nou, though, the Frenchman is yet to be registered for La Liga action.
But his new boss does not appear to be overly concerned, assuring that Kounde will go on to establish himself as ‘a great player for the present and the future’ of Barcelona:
“We are waiting, there are a couple of days still to go. His registration is on ‘stand by’. I spoke to him and told him what I wanted. He has a lot of class and experience with Sevilla. He is a great footballer and has leadership qualities. In Barça you have to prove it every game, it’s a test. If he has the mentality and withstands the pressure, he will be a great player for the present and the future.”