Xavi is clear about the need for an extra goalkeeper due to Ter Stegen's absence

If it's up to Xavi, Barcelona will not sign a new goalkeeper in January, now that Marc-André ter Stegen is sidelined due to surgery. The coach of the Catalans has full confidence in Iñaki Peña.

Xavi is clear about the need for an extra goalkeeper due to Ter Stegen's absence
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Ter Stegen has recently undergone surgery because the German goalkeeper has been struggling with back problems for some time. 

Spanish media expect the 31-year-old international to return for the start of the Champions League knockout phase, and Xavi also thinks he will have his first-choice goalkeeper back soon. 'We will not sign a goalkeeper,' the 43-year-old former Barça player was clear in his press talk. 'We have full confidence in Iñaki Peña.'

The 24-year-old Peña, a product of Barcelona's own academy and Ter Stegen's regular backup after a loan spell at Galatasaray, has made eight appearances for the Catalan club's first team so far. However, he played commendably in the last two league matches against Rayo Vallecano and Atlético Madrid, which is why there's no panic at Barça now that Ter Stegen is temporarily out.


Xavi also confirmed that Barça would like to continue with João Félix and João Cancelo after this season, who are currently on loan from Atlético Madrid and Manchester City, respectively. Earlier on Saturday, president Joan Laporta had also made this clear. 'What he says is nothing new to us. We are satisfied with both players; they are performing at a very high level. They are happy here, and we would like to keep them after this season.'