July 13, 2017 10:36 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Xavi explains why Barcelona shouldn't sign Hector Bellerin

Xavi explains why Barcelona shouldn't sign Hector Bellerin

Xavi suggested he would also have avoided bringing back Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique because he is against re-signing players who got impatient as youngsters and left.

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has told the club they should not sign Hector Bellerin because he chose to abandon the club as a teenager.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper Sport, Xavi also suggested he would also have avoided bringing back Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique because he is against re-signing players who got impatient as youngsters and looked for first team football elsewhere.

Bellerin walked out on Barcelona aged 16 to move to north London and has gone on to become of European football's brightest prospects.

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has told the club they should not sign Hector Bellerin

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has told the club they should not sign Hector Bellerin

Bellerin walked out on Barcelona aged 16 to move to Arsenal, where he has become a star

Bellerin walked out on Barcelona aged 16 to move to Arsenal, where he has become a star

Xavi says he is not in favour of bringing back players who left Barcelona as youngsters

Xavi says he is not in favour of bringing back players who left Barcelona as youngsters

Asked if he would sign Bellerin, Xavi replies: 'I have not seen him play much but let me say one thing – I would find it difficult to sign a player that we [Barcelona] had previously had at the club.'

When it was put to the midfielder, who still holds the appearance record for Barcelona, that Pique and Fabregas made successful returns to the club, Xavi added: 'It can work out good, bad or indifferent.

'But I am not in favour of bringing back players who have left. Why do they leave when they are just 16 or 17? I really don't understand it.'

Gerard Pique returned to the Nou Camp after leaving as a youngster for Manchester United

Gerard Pique returned to the Nou Camp after leaving as a youngster for Manchester United

Asked about the club re-signing Gerard Deulofeu from Everton this summer Xavi adds: 'That is a different case. He did not want to leave; the club invited him to move.'

Barcelona have all but given up on signing Arsenal's Bellerín this summer, turning their attention instead to Benfica's Nelson Semedo and Monaco's Djibril Sidibe. 

New coach Ernesto Valverde is also a fan of Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta but the club see prising him away from Chelsea as almost as tough as signing Bellerín.

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