Six years after leaving FC Barcelona to evolve under the colors of Al-Sadd, then coach the Qatari club, the former Blaugrana midfielder from Guardiola’s auspicious days is approaching a return. The 41-year-old Spanish technician has already started talks with Joan Laporta and Mateu Alemany to explore the possibility of becoming Barca’s coach from this summer. Catalan media Diari ARA advance that Xavi and the new president of FC Barcelona have a meeting scheduled in the coming days.
An interview during which the two men will begin to define the conditions under which he would return to Barcelona. The goal is to set up a staff: technical team, methodology, medical services and personnel planning, always awaiting the decision of Lionel Messi concerning his future. Suffice to say that the future of Ronald Koeman seems sealed.
Laporta and Xavi chat backstage
The media explains that the negotiations between Barça and Xavi are taking place in complete discretion, with respect for the Dutch coach, who has a contract until 2022 and whose contribution, during a difficult year, him has won a lot of praise. The former Oranje coach had also eaten with Ronald Koeman earlier in the week, but the details of the meeting had not filtered into the press. Reached, the locker room hopes to be fixed before being able to focus on international deadlines.
Although Al-Sadd announced on Wednesday the extension of Xavi until 2023, the former Barça player has a release clause to be able to leave in the event of an agreement with FC Barcelona. Lacking the financial power to be able to recruit players like Erling Haaland and Neymar, Laporta is counting on a return from Xavi to excite the socios. The former number 6 will in particular have to continue to supervise this young generation led by the Pedri, the Ansu Fati and the Ronald Araujo and, as Barcelona fans and leaders hope, be able to offer the last good years to Lionel Messi.
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