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Xavi Set to Dismiss this 3 players immediately at Barcelona

At Barcelona, Xavi will immediately reject three players.

Early this week, Xavi Hernandez was introduced as Barcelona's next first-team manager. The 41-year-old club veteran takes over after Ronald Koeman was fired at the end of last month following a string of poor results.

After the worst start to a La Liga season in over two decades, Xavi faces a massive task in turning things around at Camp Nou.

The first task for the ex-Al Sadd manager, as with every new manager, will be to assess the squad at his disposal and decide on the cutbacks he wants to make. And, according to Fichajes, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner has already selected which three players he wants the club to sell in January.

Xavi has informed president Joan Laporta of his plans, expecting that their sales will free up funds to bring in a few players of his taste. Samuel Umtiti, Luuk de Jong, and Neto are three names that the new Barcelona manager does not view as part of his plans.

Umtiti has been out of favor since last season, and he was on the verge of departing in the summer. He did, however, persuade Laporta to give him another chance to shine at Camp Nou.

But the Frenchman has struggled for playing time this season, and that is unlikely to change under Xavi, who will have Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza, Eric Garcia, and Clement Lenglet on his side. As a result, parting ways in January makes perfect sense for both the player and the organization.

Luuk de Jong, on the other hand, was a Koeman signing from the start and does not fit into the new manager's ideas. The 31-year-old, who is primarily a target man, has struggled to contribute throughout his time at Barca and would be of little use under Xavi's preferred style and system. Despite the injuries to Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele, as well as Sergio Aguero's health concerns, Barca will look to part ways with him.

Neto, the backup goalkeeper, is the last name on Xavi's list of players he wants to get rid of in January. With the new manager set to back La Masia youngsters Inaki Pena and Arnau Tenas, the ex-Valencia goalkeeper has no chance of unseating Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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