Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque can't imagine Primera Liga without Barcelona

The Spanish national squad has many Catalan players who would probably decide to play for their new country rather than the reigning World Champions and a Spain squad without players such as Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique, Victor Valdes, Jordi Alba, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets, would clearly be significantly weakened, making Del Bosque's job a good deal harder.

updated: December 14, 2013 19:00 IST
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Madrid: Spanish national football coach Vicente del Bosque said that he found it hard to imagine the Primera Liga football without the presence of Barcelona or the Spanish national team without Catalan players.

Del Bosque was speaking on Spanish national radio the day after the Catalan nationalist parties announced November 9, 2014 as the date for a proposed referendum over the Catalan region in the north east of Spain, reports Xinhua.

Although Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy "guaranteed" the vote would not be allowed to take place, the theoretical independence of Catalonia would raise many issues in the sporting world, not least, whether or not Barcelona would continue to play in the Spanish football league, or whether a Catalan league (which would in theory be less competitive) be set up.

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