Xavi against Barcelona overhaul

There are those that believe the Blaugrana need to revamp their squad but the influential midfielder is confident they have sufficient quality in their ranks

Xavi insists that there is no need for a dramatic turnover of players at Barcelona this summer.

The Blaugrana were routed 7-0 on aggregate by Bayern Munich when the two sides met in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

However, while Xavi acknowledges that Barca need to refresh their squad, he does not believe that the newly-crowned champions of Spain are a side in need of a complete makeover.

“At key moments this season we have not reached our peak and I am in favour of changing things up,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“But just because it seems that we are in a bad situation does not mean that we have to change the whole team. We are in a good moment.

“We have set the bar so high that it now seems that winning league titles is just what we do. But it’s very difficult to win a title every year.”

Xavi also insisted that this year’s title, his seventh, meant as much to him as his first, and argued that every championship success should be cherished by players and fans alike.

“I am proud and happy to have seven league titles,” the Spain international explained. “They are all important to me.

“That this generation has won so many titles makes me very happy and it is not about what I have gained, but the club.

“As a cule, which is what I am, you tend to be more pessimistic than optimistic, and I never could have imagined winning so many titles.

“But we have been successful with our philosophy and I hope that it lasts. I hope to maintain this high level of performance over the last three years of my contract.”

Barca can equal the Liga points record for a single season (100) if they win their two remaining games of the current campaign.

Marotta rules out Ibrahimovic Juventus return

The Bianconeri have been linked with a summer swoop for their former forward, but any possible deal now appears to be dead in the water

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has ruled out the possibility of the club re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, as well as rubbishing reports that Antonio Conte could quit as coach.

The Bianconeri have been heavily linked with the Paris Saint-Germain forward in recent months, with the Sweden international reportedly keen on a return to Italy, where he has also lined up for Inter and AC Milan.

However, Marotta explained that Juve president Andrea Agnelli will not fund a move for the 31-year-old attacker, telling Il Secolo XIX, “He was very clear: Ibra will not return.”

Marotta also insisted that there is no tension between him and Bianconeri boss Conte, who has won back-to-back Serie A titles since arriving from Siena.

“We are in perfect harmony,” he declared. “There really is no problem. “Some people would have you believe that there are opposing views among us, but that is not the case.

“Conte will coach Juventus again next year – and even the president has said that.”

Indeed, Marotta has claimed that Conte will be given up to four new players to work with this summer, but dismissed speculation that Juve have already agreed terms with Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.

“He is a great player, but there are no talks with him,” he explained. “Even if a player is being touted by the agent, that does not mean that there are any negotiations.

“We are working to have a more competitive team, like the one that has allowed us, thanks to Conte’s extraordinary work, to get back to winning again.

“This season was a triumphant march [towards the title], but I would like to add four champions to the current squad.”

Juventus play their final game of the season on Sunday evening, against Sampdoria at the Luigi Ferraris.

Galliani denies transfer talks between Milan & Madrid

The Rossoneri have been linked with several Blancos players, including former San Siro favourite Kaka

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has dismissed speculation that the club have opened talks with Real Madrid about potentially signing a number of the Spanish side’s stars.

With Jose Mourinho set to depart the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, it has been claimed that a number of players will follow the Portuguese out of the exit door, with Kaka, Luka Modric, Pepe, Angel Di Maria and Diego Lopez all said to be of interest to the Rossoneri.

Galliani, though, insists that he has not yet spoken with anyone from los Blancos – or any other club for that matter, explaining that the Diavolo’s directors are solely focused on securing Champions League football for next season.

“There have been no talks [with Madrid] and until next Monday we will not be thinking of the transfer market but winning in Siena,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sport Italia.

“We will know our destiny on Sunday, so we are solely concentrated on that.”

For that very reason, Galliani also refused to be drawn on the future of Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri, who has reportedly been deemed surplus to requirements by owner Silvio Berlusconi.

“Until Sunday evening, we will speak neither of the transfer market nor coaches,” added Galliani, who is in Amsterdam to attend the Europa League final between Chelsea and Benfica.

Milan will finish third in Serie A if they win their last game of the season away to Siena this weekend.

Lucas Moura: Neymar will know when to move

The in-demand striker has been heavily linked with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich and his Brazil team-mate thinks that a move overseas would be the perfect experience

Lucas Moura says that only Neymar will know when the time is right for the Santos starlet to move to Europe.

Neymar is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in the game today and he has been repeatedly linked with a move to Barcelona, though it was claimed on Tuesday that the forward is actually destined to join Bayern Munich.

Moura, who swapped Sao Paulo for Paris Saint-Germain this season, is reluctant to publicly advise his Brazil team-mate to join him in Europe, but he did hint that he feels that a move would be of benefit to his fellow 20-year-old.

“It’s a delicate subject,” the attacker told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. “Neymar is probably tired of hearing people talk about him.

“And it’s a personal decision: he’s the one who will know when the time is right to move to Europe.

“I decided to come now because I think it’s important to know different philosophies. You become more experienced and you gather more culture, both on and off the pitch. It’s important.

“But he’s the one who’s going to decide. I think he’s reached a very high level in football already, so maybe that’s why he doesn’t feel like he has to be in Europe right now.

“But when the right time comes, he’ll know.”

Lucas certainly has no regrets over his decision to make the move, revealing that while he gets a tad homesick at times, he is enjoying life in Paris.

“Everything is fine with me,” he explained. “I’m really happy. The club is wonderful, the city is wonderful, everyone treats me really well.

“I miss home a little, but I bear it well. I’ve had a few injuries here in a little while, but I think that’s normal.

“Last year I played 72 matches and never got injured. I had a back problem, and I was getting treated in Brazil, but now I’m better and I think I’ll be back on the team next Saturday [against Brest].”

Lucas also admitted that his healthy frame of mind has been aided by his inclusion in the Brazil squad for the upcoming Confederations Cup.

“I was watching through the Internet and my reaction was one of real joy,” he enthused. “My mother started jumping and hugged me.

“This is another goal I’m reaching, now I have to prepare to make sure I arrive in good shape.”

Tournament hosts Brazil are in the same group as Italy, Mexico and Japan.

Transfer Talk: Falcao and Tevez to Monaco? Rooney heading to Chelsea?

We run through the latest talking points in world football, and which stars could be on the move this summer

So the departing Sir Alex Ferguson confirms that Wayne Rooney wants to leave Old Trafford, Roberto Mancini has been sacked by rivals City, and Radamel Falcao could yet end up joining AS Monaco? Quite the week in football.

To discuss these and all the other whispers, James Richardson is joined by Goal.com‘s Greg Stobart and former Tottenham and England striker Les Ferdinand as we go through the latest talk from the transfer market.