givemesport: After drawing three of their last four matches, Blaugrana have relinquished their advantage in La Liga’s title race and now trail Real Madrid by four points.
But that doesn’t even tell half the story.
Lionel Messi has made headlines for not listening to assistant manager Eder Sarabia during a drinks break, manager Quique Setien appears to be on his way out while £108 million signing Antoine Griezmann is only good enough to play the final few seconds in a must-win clash against Atletico Madrid.
Then, to make matters worse, reports emerged on Thursday that claimed Messi wants to leave at the end of his contract in 2021.
Just 12 more months of Messi at the Camp Nou is enough to unsettle any Barca fan.
However, there’s some encouraging news emerging.
With Setien seemingly set to leave his role at the end of the season, the club are on the lookout for their next manager.
And it seems they’ve settled on club legend Xavi.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo journalist, Francesc Aguilar, who claims Xavi has reached a ‘firm agreement’ to take over Barcelona at the end of the season.
The legendary footballer played almost his entire career playing for Barcelona between 1998 to 2015, making more than 700 appearances winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.
In a series of tweets, Aguilar reveals that he’s been informed by a reliable source in Qatar – where Xavi is currently managing – that the former midfielder has accepted the deal and will earn €6 million-per-year.
Xavi habría llegado a un acuerdo firme para hacerse cargo del Barça a final de temporada, habría aceptado una oferta de JM Bartomeu que contaría con el apoyo de la plantilla. En cualquier caso Quique Setién acabaría la temporada o sería sustituido por García Pimienta.
— Francesc Aguilar (@FApor_elmundo) July 2, 2020
Xavi was previously linked with the managerial job at the Camp Nou before Setien took over in January. Then, in March, he even admitted he wanted the job but insisted there can’t be any ‘toxicity’ in the dressing room.
“I am clear that I want to return to Barcelona, I am very excited,” Xavi said in an interview with La Vanguardia.
“Now that I have seen myself coaching I think I can bring things to the players. But I made it clear to them that I saw myself in a project that started from zero and in which the decision-making was mine. I have no problem: I don’t hide, I don’t take it back.
“I would like to work together with people in whom I have confidence, with whom there is loyalty and who are very valid people. There can’t be anyone toxic around the dressing room.”
It wouldn’t be Barcelona without any toxicity in the dressing room.
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