Kessie: “If Xavi calls you, it’s because you’re doing well and you can’t say ‘no’ to Barça”

“I have to earn ownership and mercer on the field”

BARCELONA, July 6. (.) –

The new FC Barcelona player Franck Kessie assured in his presentation as a Blaugrana, with a contract until 2026 and a clause of 500 million euros, that he could not say ‘no’ to the offer after speaking with who will be his coach, Xavi Hernández, and He assured that he will earn his title with work on the grass and not with statements.

“No. As I said, I have to earn and deserve ownership on the pitch. Not with statements outside. I have to earn the trust of my teammates and my coach,” he assured at a press conference at the Ciutat Sporty Joan Gamper.

In this sense, he assured that he could not say ‘no’ to Barça’s offer. “When a coach like Xavi calls you, it’s because you’re doing your job well. You can’t say no to Barça. I talked to him and he stressed the importance I’ll have in his project,” he said.

“When a player starts playing, he never goes back. I reach an important place and I really want to show what I can contribute. First I want to meet the staff and my teammates, and the coach in person”, he said about his first intentions .

Kessie knows, however, that without work there will be no reward. And she has as a mirror in which to look at her compatriot Touré Yaya, who triumphed dressed as a Blaugrana. “I have to work hard to have a career like Touré Yaya, a very complete player,” she acknowledged.


Despite being able to play inside, as a midfielder and even as a central defender, the Ivorian international does not want to get stuck in a certain position. “I am available to the coach, who is the one who will decide my position. I will work to offer my best version wherever I am,” he assured.

“I played against Barça once and we won 1-0 (pre-season friendly). It was a very nice game. In the Olympics, I played against Spain and I faced Pedri, Mingueza… I spoke with them after the game”, He pointed out previous experiences with the Blaugrana club.

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