An important update regarding the expected arrival of Xavi Hernández to the bench of FC Barcelona took place on Thursday afternoon.
The topic of the hotseat at the Camp Nou, of course, has been at the center of the talk of the European media for the last 24 hours.
This is because the trigger was finally pulled on the long-awaited firing of Ronald Koeman.
Following a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night, a result that leaves the Blaugrana struggling amid the unprecedented depths of the mid-table in La Liga, Joan Laporta and company. It came to the decision that the Dutch Koeman no longer represented the right man to lead the club into a new era.
In turn, an official statement was issued last night that details the following:
FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman from his duties as first team coach. The president of the club, Joan Laporta, informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano. Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at Ciutat Esportiva.
FC Barcelona wants to thank you for your service to the Club and wishes you the best in your professional career.
FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman from his duties as first team coach
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 27, 2021
Meanwhile, following Koeman’s departure, attention among Barcelona’s fan base has quickly and understandably shifted to who will be chosen as the man to replace the once Blaugrana star on the club’s bench.
While Andrea Pirlo and Roberto Martínez have been linkedOf course, there has long been a clear favorite in the Camp Nou draw.
The strategist in question? Xavi Hernandez.
Xavi, an icon in the eyes of anyone with even remote connections to the Catalan capital, has reportedly been identified as the clear first choice to take the reins at the Camp Nou by those in a position of power.
However, the only obstacle in any possible move for the Spaniard was his contract with Qatari team Al Sadd.
But, as stated above, if the last word that comes from the Spanish media is something to go through, then it seems that Barcelona, imminently, will have its man.
According to a report by Edu Polo of Mundo Deportivo, Al Sadd’s hierarchy has given the club boss their blessing to seal the return to his old pitch.
It is understood that the Qatari giants simply asked Xavi to stay for the club’s next two outings, first this weekend against Al Ahli and then next Wednesday against Al-Duhail.
After this, the 41-year-old will be free to take his place as the new face of FC Barcelona.
✅ Green light at the exit of Xavi from Al Sadd
👉 The Qatari club provides facilities for its march to Camp Nou, but asks it to stay until next Wednesday’s match 3 against Al Duhail
– Sports World (@mundodeportivo) October 28, 2021
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