Xavi on Mou, Thiago & Espanyol

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has claimed that Jose Mourinho is a 'controversial Coach'.

The Bluagrana veteran has admitted that he is not interested in what the Real Madrid boss does next, after it was revealed on Monday that the Portuguese tactician would leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

“He is a controversial Coach, a fanatic,” Xavi told a Press conference. “I will ignore what happens to him in the future, as it does not affect us.

“Mourinho was always an extra motivation for Barcelona.”

The Spain international then commented on the upcoming game against Espanyol, in which the Periquitos are set to give the Camp Nou club a guard of honour, and the uncertain future of Thiago Alcantara.

“I understand that the fans don’t want [the guard of honour] to happen, but as long as the players don’t share their attitude, there won't be any problems.

“I know that the Espanyol coaches and players respect us a lot and they will give us a guard of honour, even though it’s difficult, we had to do it for Real Madrid [in 2008].

“Thiago is an extraordinary football, not just for the future, but right now.

“Right now he is not a regular starter but he needs to be patient, it also took me time to hold down a place in the team.

“I would tell him to be patient because he’s destined to be a key player here and to succeed.”

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