"Of course (I'm unhappy), just like the whole of Spanish football," said Xavi.
"We feel bad for a guy so important, but in my case it may not be objective, because I am friends with him. But I know he's hurting.
"In September, he was up for the Ballon d'Or and now it seems that he does not count for anything. Football takes many turns. He's a friend, a teammate, a good guy and a reference of Spanish football.
"He does not deserve this."