Mercato | Mercato – Barcelona: Tuchel, Klopp … These revelations about Laporta's plans before Xavi!

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Posted on 6 November 2021 at 6.30 p.m. by AC

After long months of speculation, Xavi has been announced as the new FC Barcelona coach.

It's done! More than a week after the departure of Ronald Koeman, FC Barcelona announced the arrival of his brand new coach. After leaving his lifelong club in 2015, Xavi made his comeback, but this time he will no longer be in the midfield to regulate the game. “I'm in Barcelona, ​​I'm back home,” said the technician. 41-year-old, in a video posted on social media this Saturday by FC Barcelona . “I am happy and full of enthusiasm. Hope to see you very soon. Visca el Barça! “. He was logically not on the edge of the field for the meeting against Celta Vigo (3-3), but should be presented this Monday and his first match will undoubtedly be the derby against the ' Espanyol , on November 20. A very nice blow for FC Barcelona from Joan Laporta, who is going through one of the worst crises in its history …

It was Xavi who negotiated with Al Sadd

However, the Barcelona president does not seem to be 'have done absolutely nothing in this file. According to reports from El Mundo, Xavi took care of everything. It was in fact he who would have negotiated from start to finish with Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani , sixth son of the Emir of Qatar and owner of Al Sadd . The Spanish daily also reveals that it was Xavi himself who would have covered part of the € 5m clause paid to the Qatari club, which would also have been assured of playing several friendlies. with FC Barcelona over the next few years. It must be said that Joan Laporta did not make the trip to Qatar and indeed would not have had any contact with Al Sadd and its leaders. El Mundo underlines in particular that his absence could be explained in particular by the commercial links between Barça and countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Laporta had other projects

This Saturday, El Mundo also tells us that Xavi was not at all the first choice of Joan Laporta to replace Ronald Koeman. The president of FC Barcelona indeed seemed to have big doubts about his ability to manage some of his former teammates, such as < strong> Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto . Thus, El Mundo explains that Laporta would have pushed for a long time for a coach of the “German school”, with in particular contacts with Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel, Jürgen Klopp and Hans-Dieter Flick. All were however linked to clubs or selections, with very large contracts.

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