Barcelona boss Xavi sends pointed message to Wolves over Adama Traore transfer

Adama Traore of FC Barcelona controls the ball during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz CF at Camp Nou Stadium on April 18, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

Adama Traore’s frustrating loan spell with Barcelona continued over the weekend as the Wolverhampton Wanderers flanker was an unused substitute in their 2-1 win over Real Mallorca.

Spain international Traore has been used sparingly by head coach Xavi in recent months, playing just 63 minutes of La Liga football since February to cast doubt over his long-term future at the Camp Nou. Barcelona have the option to sign him permanently from Wolves for €30million (£25m) at the end of the season.

The return to form and favour of Ousmane Dembele has limited Traore’s involvement under Xavi. But, with Dembele suffering from tonsillitis over the weekend and unable to start against Mallorca, Xavi still overlooked his natural replacement.

Xavi instead shifted Ferran Torres to the right of Barcelona’s forward line and brought in Memphis Depay on the left. Traore watched wingers Dembele and Ansu Fati, who has now returned to fitness, step off the bench ahead of him.

It is now being claimed by Spanish newspaper MARCA that Barcelona have decided against re-signing Traore permanently, meaning the 26-year-old will return to Wolves in the summer. Xavi’s latest snub suggests that Traore isn’t needed at the Camp Nou in the long-term.

Speaking before the Mallorca game, Xavi dodged a question on Traore’s chances of a permanent switch to Barcelona. 

He said: I don’t want to talk about next season because we need to focus on what’s important right now.

Adama is helping us, I told him you are going to help us, maybe you won’t play every minute but he’s helped when he’s come in, given assists, regardless of the minutes he’s played. He’s a pure winger who can get away from defenders, put the ball in. I’m very happy with him. I think he’s played well.

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