Barcelona and Spanish Federation Align on Player Management

Lamine Yamal (left) & Pau Cubarsi (right) / Getty Images
Lamine Yamal (left) & Pau Cubarsi (right) / Getty Images

Pau Cubarsí and Lamine Yamal could feature prominently in Euro 2024 with the Federation cautiously considering their involvement in the Olympics.

Barcelona fans can rest assured about the immediate future of Pau Cubarsí and Lamine Yamal, whose summer plans may be busy but sensible. According to Jordi Gil of SPORT, the Federation is keen on nurturing two players who are expected to be vital both short-term and long-term, with potential inclusion in the 23-man squad for Euro 2024 if they maintain their current form, leaving their roles to be decided by Luis de la Fuente.

The Olympic team list, comprising only 18 players, must be communicated after July 15, a day following the Euro. If Cubarsí and Lamine finish the Euro with drained energy and Spain progresses far, the Federation won’t push them for Paris, respecting their well-being. Unlike other federations, Spanish clubs cannot veto a player’s call-up, ensuring that if Spain summons Lamine, Barcelona cannot refuse to release him, in contrast to French clubs like PSG with Dembélé. The 18-man squad will have two goalkeepers, with the third slot reserved for a backup player. While players like Gavi and Balde qualify by age, it’s unlikely they’ll have enough match fitness for the Olympics, with priority given to those in immediate form for the short tournament.

The Federation, not under pressure from Barcelona or any other club, maintains excellent relations with clubs and Spain’s football development staff, ensuring smooth operations without issues.