Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has admitted he wants both Dani Alves and Xavi to stay at Camp Nou.
Brazil international right-back Dani Alves looks set to leave the Blaugrana after seven successful years of service, with the 31-year-old’s agent having announced on Thursday that his client had found the Catalan giants’ latest contract offer “unsatisfactory.”
Catalonia international midfielder Xavi, meanwhile, is still undecided after the 35-year-old recently traveled to Qatar to hold talks with Al Sadd about a possible summer switch.
Argentina international Mascherano, however, is hoping that both his teammates are still part of the Spanish La Liga giants’ squad next season.
“Dani Alves has been one of the best players this club has ever had,” the 30-year-old was quoted saying by the club’s official website.
“He’s a great performer.
“I’d like him to stay. He’s an amazing person, a real fun guy and very professional.”
As for Xavi, Mascherano said that the veteran long-serving midfield master still has so much to offer, both as a player and a role model.
“I wasn’t surprised that Xavi got a standing ovation against Almeria [on Wednesday],” he added.
“He has had many ovations because of what he represents to this institution.
“He holds the record for the most titles won with FC Barcelona and is one of the biggest heroes in the history of the club.
“It would be great if he could stay here because of all he offers. He is everything being an FC Barcelona player is about – the way he behaves and the example he sets for youngsters.”
Dani Alves’ current contract with Barca expires this summer, while Xavi still has year to run on his deal with the La Liga leaders.