London – “Al Quds Al Arabi”: Spanish press says Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez is considering replacing veteran defender Gerard Pique with reserve team’s most important jewels, and referring to Moroccan teenager Shadi Riad , instead of the simpler solution, of spending millions, to buy a New Defense Heart, after the decision to withdraw the former commander. And the newspaper, “Mundo Deportivo”, quoted by the Maestro, who is closely following the Moroccan Mahrez, in preparing to push it with the senior Blue Grana, especially after his notable appearance with the reserve squad, from ratifying the decision to take him from the 19-year-old squad, to the institute’s second squad with a shot At the start of the season in course, what were considered “cues” of his imminent appearance with Robert Lewandowski and the rest of the stars of the first team, given the serious lack of numbers of his position in the heart of the defense. Barca have suffered recently, due to the outbreak of injuries among the defenders, the last of which was the vice captain Sergi Roberto, and before him Jules Conde returned to zerowith a new setback, shortly after recovering from the injury suffered on the last FIFA holiday, in coincidence with defender Eric Garcia’s discomfort in the thigh, as well as the inability for Ronald Arrajo to recover from surgery in this moment. In contrast to the prevailing narrative in newspapers and sports sites, that the Barcelona administration will replace Gerard Pique, with a new deal in the upcoming winter transfer market, Xavi has indicated his interest in raw talent, out of sight with the reserve and worthy of an opportunity in life with the first team, led by Shadi Mahrez. And former Qatari coach Al-Sadd told the newspaper close to the club: “Shadi? There is no doubt that he is a physically strong defender, but also good at getting the ball out, we are talking about a central defender who has the qualifications to have a real chance and that could have a starring role in the future, and as we follow young talents, we also monitor Pelayo and Zalaya ”. Shadi, 19, began exploring his footballing talent at Atletico Rafale Academy in 2009, and from there he went to club of his hometown, Real Mallorca, until the summer of 2014, to gain experience with San Francisco for a year, before returning to Mallorca again, until he put the pen on the association contract with Barcelona in 2019. The Moroccan / Spaniard of origin played directly with the under 18 team of Barcelona and the following year entered the senior category, but mid-season, he decided to look for a better chance, going in loan to Sabadell, he was recently promoted to the reserve team and registered his attendance in 5 games as a starter, which could help him record his first appearance with adults, in light of the crisis of the absence of the defenders, completed with the retirement of Pique, to be the third player of Moroccan blood to wear the blue jersey of the Grana under the leadership of Xavi, after Elias Akhmash and Abdul Samad Zalzouli – first was sold in loan to Osasuna last summer -.
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