Xavi taking extreme measures as he searches for ‘rat’ in Barcelona dressing room
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 22
The players believe someone is leaking stories to the media (Picture: Getty)

Barcelona boss Xavi is currently trying to sniff out a ‘rat’ within the dressing room with the players convinced someone on the staff has been leaking stories, according to reports in .

The Catalan giants, who are in action on Wednesday night against in the , have fallen off the pace in the Liga title race and, despite an upturn in results lately, are eight points adrift of leaders .

There have been growing murmurs of discontent in the Spanish press while Xavi announced at the end of last month that he would be at the end of the season, citing ‘the tension that exists around the club’ as the reason.

Stories have ranged from leaks about players’ salaries to potential transfers, as well as breakdowns in relationships and unhappiness from a lack of game time.

According to , Barcelona’s players are fed up with the constant barrage of negative press and are convinced the leaks are coming from a member of Xavi’s coaching staff.

The manager appears to believe them, and he has reportedly been conducting recent team meetings without any other staff members present as the club seek to find out who the mole is.

An internal investigation has been going on for the past two months without any success and staff members even had to hand over their phones so their WhatsApp conversations could be checked.

Barcelona’s players are unhappy with the constant media leaks (Picture: Getty)

Xavi has reached out to journalists on the Barcelona beat to see if they will reveal who their source is, though they have refused to divulge that information despite being threatened with having their accreditation revoked.

This is far from an unusual occurrence at Camp Nou, with Ronaldo Koeman unearthing a mole who was handing out his team selections while Louis van Gaal also had to root out a leaker.

Frenkie de Jong, who has been the subject of a number of the negative stories, actually hit out at the Spanish media this week, saying: ‘Recently I am a little angry with what the press write in general.

‘A lot of stuff that is not true has come out. I can’t understand it, people reporting lies. It’s irritating me a little.

‘For example, [the media] speak a lot about my contract, my salary etc … it’s a lot of smoke, a lot of lies, that I’m earning €40million (£34m) or whatever. That is a long way from what I earn. I won’t say numbers, but a story has been invented that is not true.

‘[The media] must change what they are doing to many coaches and players, because you are writing things and inventing things that are not true.

‘I am really happy at Barca, I have always said it. This is the club of my dreams, I hope I can play here for many more years.’

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