Liga - Xavi: Martino right to say Madrid's Bale move lacks respect

Xavi Hernandez has backed Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino's views on Gareth Bale's imminent move to Real Madrid.

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Martino had suggested that Madrid's willingness to pay a world record fee for Bale showed a lack of respect to the current economic climate.

“Tata Martino was correct on his words on Bale, but that’s the market," said Xavi.

The Catalans ran out 1-0 winners on Sunday evening at La Rosaleda in a close-fought result against hosts Malaga.

“The team is adjusting well to what the coach wants. We have six points from six,” said the midfielder.

Barca now begin preparations for Wednesday’s Supercopa de Espana second leg at home to Atletico Madrid, whose coach and players have started debate already on how La Liga this term is once more between just two teams.

“It will cost us, they are a serious team that is very good defensively, but we want the Supercopa. I do not believe that the League will be just between two. There will be Atletico and others there,” added Xavi.

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