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In the lead up to the Champions League final on Saturday, Real Madrid‘s Casemiro responded to some comments ex-Barcelona star, Xavi Hernandez, made about him a few months ago.

Taking advantage of his media obligations, the Brazilian went on record to clear the air.

“He can say anything he wants to, but I’ve been here [Real Madrid] for four years and played in four Champions League finals,” Casemiro said.

“I couldn’t sign for Barcelona, I don’t have the the their footballing DNA like Xavi says.

“I’m with Madrid until the end.”

In an in-depth interview with El Pais in January, Xavi had talked about some of the stylistic differences between the two Spanish football giants.

“At Barcelona we understand football as a time-space concept,” he explained.

“Busquets, Messi and Iniesta are masters of this.

“They always know what to do when they are alone or surrounded.

“There are midfielders like Casemiro that don’t understand this, but at the same time, Busquets can’t cover like Casemiro.

“He’s incredibly fast, but he has a difficult time with everything else because he hasn’t worked on it.

“He has other skills and is more of a defensive player.”

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