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How was Xavi instrumental in Conte's transfer from Chelsea to Barcelona?

How was Xavi instrumental in Conte’s transfer from Chelsea to Barcelona?

French international defender Jules Conte has expressed his delight at moving to Barcelona, ​​where he is entering “a new phase in my career at all levels”, according to Catalan club television.
Conte said the day after his move to Barcelona from local rivals Sevilla that he was “proud and eager to reach a great club at the same time… Barcelona is a new stage in my career at all levels”.
Later, Barcelona announced in a statement that the official contract will be signed on Monday at the Joan Camper training center and will include a notional penalty of one billion for five years. Euros.
And 23-year-old Catalan coach Xavi Hernandez said, “He played a big part in my arrival here. We talked to each other many times. I liked his speech very much, the discussions were very smooth and we have the same view on football.
“I will give my best and get as much time as possible on the pitch so that I can play an important role at this club,” he added.
According to Spanish media, the deal is worth around 50 million euros, with an additional 10 million in bonuses.
A deal appeared imminent between Sevilla and Chelsea over the transfer of the player last weekend, but the Spanish press revealed Xavi’s decisive role in convincing the Frenchman of the Catalan club’s plans. The latter is willing to join his ranks.
Conte, 23, is currently recovering from surgery on his left thigh.
Despite the financial crisis he is going through, which forced him to part ways with Argentina star Lionel Messi in favor of Paris Saint-Germain last season, Barcelona have been one of the most active teams in the summer transfer market. (AC Milan) and Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) were offered for free as their contracts with both clubs expired, and Brazilian Rafinha (Leeds United, England) and Polish Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Germany) for 70 and 50 million euros respectively.

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