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Xavi agrees sensational Barcelona job U-turn


Xavi has carried out a sensational U-turn on his determination to go away Barcelona on the finish of this season and can as an alternative stick with the membership till not less than the top of his present contract in 2025.

Having delivered a primary La Liga title in 4 years final season, the Camp Nou legend had solely agreed a contract extension in September. Yetut by January, he shocked the world by saying his plan to step down this coming summer time.

His determination got here after a troublesome run of outcomes, together with a heavy Supercopa de Espana defeat to Actual Madrid, with the reason that he felt drained and underappreciated.

Barcelona had been subsequently linked with numerous names, together with the likes of Thomas Tuchel and Hansi Flick, however there was all the time an underlying feeling that the problem of Xavi’s future wasn’t over.

On Wednesday night, native experiences from Mundo Deportivo and SPORT broke the information that the 43-year-old is now anticipated to remain on as an alternative. It adopted a gathering between Xavi, his brother Oscar, and sporting director Deco earlier within the day, after which the trio went to president Joan Laporta’s home. The president is now tipped to announce the change of coronary heart on Thursday.

Xavi Hernandez

Xavi guided Barcelona to La Liga glory final season / David Ramos/GettyImages

Talking in January, Xavi gave damning reasoning for his need to go away, describing the job of being Barcelona head coach as “merciless” and “unenjoyable”, points which have presumably needed to be resolved.

“I feel that the work has not been valued sufficient and this causes put on and tear on me. That is my feeling. It’s not as a result of I can not stand the stress. We arrived at one of the crucial troublesome moments within the historical past of the membership,” he defined on the time, referring to the crippling monetary issues.

“I made the choice [to leave] a very long time in the past. Our work will not be valued sufficient. And in the beginning of the season I already thought it could be the final. I do not rule out returning. Barca could have me for no matter they want, however now I feel they do not want me. I feel work will not be valued.

“That is how I really feel. It is like that. They make you are feeling nugatory each day. Talking with Pep [Guardiola], he already instructed me that. It additionally occurred with [Ernesto] Valverde. I noticed Luis Enrique endure. We’ve to replicate. We’ve an issue with the calls for of this cost. It looks like you are risking your life each second. That is why I say it is merciless, it isn’t satisfying.”