Xavi’s Valuable Advice To Bartra On His Debut: Pass Me The Ball If You’re In Trouble

Marc Bartra revealed that he received some words of wisdom from Barcelona legend Xavi ahead of his debut for the Spanish club.

The 28-year-old Spanish centre-back came through Barça's famed youth academy, La Masia, and was presented with the opportunity to break into the club's senior team.

Speaking to L'Équipe, the former Barcelona player recalled the valuable advice that Xavi shared with him on his debut.

"Stay calm," he said, before adding: "If you don't know who to give the ball to, pass it to me.

"And if there's someone on your heels, give it to me as well."

It's sound advice, to be fair.

Bartra played for Barcelona from 2010 to 2016, making 59 appearances and scoring on five occasions.

He completed a move to Borussia Dortmund in 2016 for €8m and made 31 appearances for the German club.

The Spain international, who has also been capped for Catalonia, left Dortmund in January 2018 for Real Betis.

Xavi left Barcelona in 2015 for Al Sadd, with the 39-year-old Spanish midfielder calling it time on a remarkable career at the Camp Nou.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The former Barcelona star won multiple trophies during his time at the Camp Nou, including eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, six Supercopa de Españas and two Super Cups.

That's not to mention the success that the former Spain international had with his country, winning the World Cup in 2010 and the Euros in 2008 and 2012.

Xavi has been linked with a return to Barcelona after he ends his playing career, while former Barça boss Pep Guardiola recently responded to the criticism he received on the fact that he hasn't won the Champions League without the influence of Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

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