Xavi has included 15-year-old wonderkid Lamine Yamal in the match squad for the first time for their upcoming match against Atletico Madrid. Yamal’s inclusion has made him the youngest player ever to be included in a Barcelona first-team squad. If he takes the field against Atleti, he will also become the club’s youngest-ever player in a La Liga match.
In a recent press conference, Xavi spoke highly of the teenage midfielder, calling him a talented player who can shape an era with the team. He praised Yamal’s character and his strong performance in one-on-one situations. Xavi believes that the young player’s self-confidence is a notable characteristic that sets him apart from other players of his age.
Xavi added that the decision to call up Yamal was unrelated to his contract, which expires in 2024. The head coach also made it clear that he focuses on the present and is happy with what he has seen from Yamal in training. Xavi praised the young player’s innate talent, saying that he has qualities that resemble several footballers but is unique in his own way.
Yamal’s inclusion in the squad is a part of Xavi’s strategy to give young players a chance to prove their worth. The head coach has been keen to involve young talents in the first team since his arrival at the club. His aim is to shape a team that can dominate in the future and maintain the club’s winning legacy.
La Masia has a long-standing reputation for developing young talents. The club has produced some of the best players in the world, and the inclusion of Yamal is a testament to the club’s commitment to promoting young talents.
Yamal’s call-up has generated excitement among Barcelona fans eagerly waiting to see him in action. The young midfielder has impressed in the club’s youth ranks, and his inclusion in the first team squad is a significant step in his career. His selection also shows that the Barcelona hierarchy has faith in his abilities and believes that he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
By Kanak Chauhan