Barca, Xavi Didn’t Believe in Me – Martin Braithwaite

Martin Braithwaite has chided Barcelona management and the Barcelona Coach, Xavi Hernadez, for how they treated him while he was a player with the team.

The Denmark international striker joined Catalan rivals Espanyol after Barca paid Braithwaite a one-off payment of €400k (£345k) to terminate his contract at Camp Nou.

The club had to look for possible ways to offload the striker this summer, but he agreed to leave on a free transfer.

In an interview, Braithwaite said Xavi didn’t believe in him and wanted someone else despite his impressive stats for the club.

Braithwaite expressed his views in an interview with Danish media outlet Ekstra Bladet: “Did I take it as bullying, I actually don’t know. But I think it’s important that you always think about other people’s mental health. That’s the way it is. I know how things work in this world. Unfortunately, football is also a business.

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“In many ways, I can only smile a little at all the things that have taken place behind the scenes. I think I have disproved many critics. I was top scorer last season before I got injured. But then there was a change of coach, he wanted something else, and that is part of football life.

“Xavi didn’t believe in my abilities, so I had to leave. I had known for a long time that the coach did not believe in me and that I had to move on from Barcelona,” he stated.