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Marc Bartra desperate for Xavi to stay with Barcelona

Marc Bartra hopes Barcelona can keep hold of Xavi.

If Xavi seals a move to New York City FC, he will become the third Barca leader to quit the club in the last season, with Victor Valdes seeing out his contract and Carles Puyol retiring from football due to knee problems.

"Those three players are leaders, three great players that, if Xavi's departure is confirmed, will leave a huge hole in the dressing room," Bartra told a press conference.

"Personally Xavi has helped me a lot, and so it would be very sad news for me if he leaves, but we will respect his decision, he has earned everyone's respect."

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