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Carlo Ancelotti praises Xavi U-turn as ‘right decision’

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has described Xavi’s U-turn after announcing he was leaving Barcelona as the “right decision.”

The former midfielder was due to depart the LaLiga champions at the end of the campaign but has since changed his mind and committed for another season at the very least.

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Barca will forfeit their crown to arch-rivals Real Madrid and crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals but fans of the Catalan club still believe Xavi is the right man for the job.

It is an opinion shared by Ancelotti, who says people should be allowed to change their minds on big decisions like this.

He said: “I think Xavi has done a good job at Barcelona. He knows the club very well and it seems to me to be the correct decision to stay.

“We have to respect that people can change their opinion.

“It’s not in writing. How many times have I changed opinion in my career? It’s allowed.”

Los Blancos recently triumphed in El Clasico thanks to Jude Bellingham’s late goal and Xavi described the officiating as “cruel and unpleasant” after Lamine Yamal’s effort in the first half created controversy over whether the entire ball had crossed the line.

Barca president Juan Laporta has since threatened to call for a replay should evidence prove the goal should have been given but Ancelotti is not expecting anything to come of the complaints.

He added: “We have to respect difference of opinion; we all do that many times. It’s allowed.

“We have a good feeling; everything that happens around us doesn’t affect us.
“We’re happy. We want to finish the season in a fantastic way.
“Words are blown away by the wind, complaints are opinions.”
Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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