Xavi and FC Barcelona have set a deadline


By: Manu Tournoux

Will stay, will not stay? For several weeks now, FC Barcelona has been multiplying signs and public declarations to convince Xavi to stay in his position next season. “He already knows it, I would like him to continue” supported Joan Laporta in an interview with Mundo Deportivo last weekend. Everyone knows it in Barcelona, ​​since he announced his departure at the end of the season, the 44-year-old technician has improved his results in an almost spectacular manner.

For the moment, this speech does not find an echo in the ears of the coach. Despite the public support from his locker room, the good moment between a 2nd place in La Liga and a confrontation against PSG in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Xavi sticks to his positions. He will not reconsider his decision, indicating that he has as much need to breathe, he who has suffered harsh criticism in recent months, as the club to undertake a new cycle.

Meet during the 3rd week of April

But no matter how often he repeats that he won't change his mind, the truth is a little different. Pursuing is in the back of his mind, some media admit. Barça management knows it and has got its foot in the door. The club's priority is to keep its coach rather than bringing a new profile onto its bench. According to Sport, the two parties decided to meet to talk frankly about the future. Appointment is made for in three weeks.

A period far from having been chosen at random. Everyone will know a little more about the end of the season at that time. The two matches against PSG (April 10 and 16) will have taken place, as will the Clasico against Real Madrid (April 21). To date, the gap of 8 points with the Merengues seems irremediable but it could be partly filled in the event of success against the leader, in addition to the two previous matches in the league. Laporta therefore ordered his teams not to advance any negotiations with other coaches before the end of April.

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