Posted on November 3, 2021 at 11:30 am by AC
Under contract with Al Sadd until June 2023, Xavi is likely to be FC Barcelona's next manager.
It's been over a week since FC Barcelona have no real coach. The loss to Rayo Vallecano (1-0) was fatal for Ronald Koeman, who was dismissed from his post by Joan Laporta and temporarily replaced by Sergi Barjuan. The latter should not, however, remain in place for long and therefore quickly find Barça B , since in Catalonia they are assured that a regular coach is wanted. Several names have been mentioned, including those of Andrea Pirlo and Roberto Martinez , but only one keeps coming back: that of Xavi. Already during the elections for the presidency of FC Barcelona, the former midfielder was erected as a big favorite for the coaching track, by several candidates. This was not the case with Joan Laporta , who however seems to have given in, since he would have started to move to repatriate the one who has lived in Qatar since 2015.
Barça flies to Qatar
This Wednesday, the RAC1 has published several pictures where you can see Rafa Yuste and Mateu Alemany at Barcelona El Prat airport, take a plane to Doha. The vice-president and the executive director of FC Barcelona would have been mandated by Joan Laporta to meet Xavi and therefore complete its return. This could also happen faster than expected, since the Cadena SER announces that we could see Xavi on the bench of Barça from the match against Celta Vigo, on November 6. Asked about his future, Sergi Barjuan made it clear that his interim could soon end. “I don't know if I will end my week in Vigo, or in the Johan Cruyff stadium,” he said on Tuesday, according to comments reported by SPORT.
Laporta could screw it up
However, FC Barcelona is not immune from a surprise. RAC1 noted this Wednesday that Joan Laporta would not have come for Xavi, leaving Rafa Yuste and Mateu Alemany manage this file alone. A not trivial choice, according to the Cadena SER! The Madrid-based radio station explains that the fact that Laporta does not make the trip could destroy the return of Xavi. In contrast, Florentino Pérez is would still be moved to hire his coaches at Real Madrid, in particular with Carlo Ancelotti this summer. A trend confirmed by TV3, which explains that the absence of the president of FC Barcelona could even irritate the leaders of Al Sadd , who seemed to want to speak directly with Joan Laporta .