Xavi taunts Arsenal, Liverpool fans: You cannot keep your best players

Xavi has warned Premier League clubs that Barcelona will continue to cherry pick their best players.

After the capture of Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano, Xavi taunted English football fans by claiming two more favourites will soon be moving to Spain.

He told the Daily Star Sunday: “Every Barcelona player wanted Cesc to join this year – we made no secret of that.

“But we are prepared to wait another year. Everybody in football knows where Cesc’s heart is.

“He’s from Barcelona and was a youngster at the club. It’s not like we have to try to convince him to join – it’s where he wants to be.

“Arsenal have him for another year and, during this season, they will have time to either develop one of their younger players or scout a replacement to buy when Cesc leaves. Everybody is very calm.

“We know the longest we have to wait for Cesc to come home is another 12 months.

“Everybody can live with that. We would love Nando at Barcelona too – he is the most complete striker in the world.

“We have seen what he and David Villa can do for Spain and to have that every week at club level would be frightening.

“I believe he is getting quite disheartened.”

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