La Masia director: 'Xavi Simons left for the money'
- Simons was one of the most most popular kids in the youth ranks.
- This summer, Xavi joined PSG.
- Vilajoana from La Masia believes the youngster left for money.
- The official plans to change the system of youth football at Barca.
Recently, La Masia have been facing one major problem - too many of the top youngsters were leaving the academy in order to join other clubs. Among the most recent examples is Xavi Simons, who left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Speaking about the youngster Xavier Vilajoana, one of the board members responsible for the academy, had no doubts over the reason behind the youngster's departure:
"It's very simple, he went for the money. Every player has the right to choose to where they go but, to be honest, it's difficult for me to understand why in those ages they are so desperate to earn money. They lack patience. Look at Alena...
"It's a great example for the boys at the academy to follow. He's a player from La Masia with massive potential who had offers to abandon Barça. He always opted to stay, progress and wait for his chance. Aleña always believed in himself."
However, Vilajoana, is set to change the system in order to get even more top talent out of the academy:
"The pillar of academy football at Barca is the talent and the way of playing football that is untouchable, from the six-year-olds up to juveniles.
"The methodology team, which is made up of seven people who are all at the club, are working independently of the coaching staff. They work alongside them. One of their missions is to form and prepare our coaches. Another is exhaustively following each player's progress. This is at every stage of their development. It isn't the same, for example, playing 7-a-side as it is 11-a-side.
"That winning is a result of us doing the things correctly and become the players are progressing correctly. If at the beginning of the season they are valued as a six but finish the season with an eight, but never a four. And that's what happened in a few cases."