Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has hinted that the club may put their cheque book away for the summer, having been impressed by the young players coming through the ranks.
Coach Pep Guardiola recently said that the squad was too small after the departures of Alexander Hleb and Martin Caceres, but following the win against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, Begiristain said the club could select from the B team.
“It depends on the value we put on our up and coming youngsters,” he said on the club’s official website.
“If we don’t value our homegrown players and the youngsters who’ve been training with the first-team squad then you could say the squad was small, yes.
“If we aren’t bringing in more players, it’s because our own youngsters are coming through well.
“We are continuing to work at building the best possible squad. We set our objectives and then try and reach them – sometimes that’s possible and sometimes it’s not.
“If we look at a range of players, we have to make sure that they fit in and especially that the coaches are convinced by them.
“One of the main advantages to using our own players is that we can also give them game time with Barca Atletic.”