Xavi decides to ‘axe’ Barca star De Jong before taking a single training session

Xaxi Hernandez is yet to even take training for Barcelona – but already he has plans to be rid of some of the deadwood at the club.

His former club, Al Sadd, released a statement confirming the Catalan has moved on to his former club Barca, in a deal that's sure to please Barca fans.

Even still, according to reports the 41-year-old already plans to offload striker Luuk De Jong, who’s been at the club for just a few months on a year-long loan.

Publication 'Sport' has said that the Dutchman isn’t a part of Xavi’s plans and the club will desperately try and get rid of the player in the upcoming January window.

De Jong, 31, was a last-minute arrival at the Nou Camp from Sevilla during the summer transfer window.

Barca pulled off a complicated loan move with the forward arriving to the Nou Camp and Antoine Griezmann heading back to Atletico Madrid, in a move to lighten their wage bill.

De Jong did not play any minutes for Sevilla, which made his arrival at the Nou Camp on August 31 all the more surprising.

The report indicated that Turkish side Besiktas are among some of the clubs interested in taking the veteran striker.

De Jong scored just one goal in nine games all season, while Koeman famously stating that he had qualities superior to Neymar.

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He said via Marca : "When there's a cross coming in, Luuk is more dangerous than Neymar.

"He's a different kind of forward to what we have, and I think all teams should have one like him."

Xavi has been chosen as the man to bring the club back to its halcyon years. Since joining Qatar Stars League club Al Sadd in May 2019, he led them to win the Qatar Stars League in 2020–21, the Qatar Cup in 2020, 2021, and Qatari Super Cup in 2019.

Koeman, a former player of the La Liga giants himself, was sacked after a poor start to the season, with the club languishing in 9th spot in La Liga.

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