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Xavi to determine Chadi Riad’s fate as Barcelona looks ahead to next season

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Xavier Hernández’s tenure as head coach of FC Barcelona has been confirmed until at least 2025, signaling a period of stability and forward planning for the Catalan club. As attention turns towards the upcoming season, which promises to be characterized by significant player acquisitions and the return of loaned talents, one name stands out prominently: Chadi Riad.

The 20-year-old Moroccan central defender, currently on loan at Real Betis, has been enjoying a stellar season in Andalusia, emerging as one of the standout defenders in La Liga.

Reports from Spanish media outlet Sport suggest that Xavi, the Barcelona manager, has been closely monitoring the progress of the Atlas Lions defender and is impressed by his performances.

However, there are concerns within the club regarding Riad’s potential role at Barcelona for the next season.

Xavi intends to reserve his judgment until the pre-season period, allowing Riad an opportunity to showcase his abilities within the Blaugrana first team before a final decision is made.

Despite Barcelona’s recognition of Riad’s talent and the desire to exercise their purchase option, set at €7 million, financial considerations loom large in the decision-making process.

The Spanish club’s financial situation, which has been impacted by recent eliminations from prestigious competitions such as the Champions League and the Club World Cup, necessitates a pragmatic approach.

In light of this, Barcelona may entertain permanent transfer offers for Riad if they present an attractive financial proposition.

Chadi Riad’s impressive season with Real Betis, featuring in 25 matches across all competitions, has significantly enhanced his market value, currently estimated at €6 million by Transfermarkt.

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Despite his contract with Barcelona extending until 2025, Riad’s future at the club remains subject to Xavi’s assessment and the club’s financial considerations as they navigate the intricacies of the transfer market in the coming months.

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