Xavi in discussions over new Barcelona contract

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Barcelona boss Xavi has revealed that he has held discussions with the membership over a new contract.

The 43-year-old’s current deal at Camp Nou is because of expire in June 2024, however the Catalan aspect’s president Joan Laporta lately hinted at a possible new contract for the membership legend.

“I’ve deliberate the renewal of Xavi even when we don’t win La Liga,” Laporta lately instructed reporters. “I’ve instructed him… I wish to convey a message of tranquillity.

“I’ve already thought concerning the renewal. He took a raffle, he is aware of the membership completely properly and defends this real fashion of play that we have now at Barcelona.

“He would not make us stretch our arm greater than our sleeve. Speaking concerning the concern concerning the membership’s financial system, he would not ask for loopy issues. He understands the membership’s state of affairs.”

Barcelona coach Xavi on February 19, 2023.

Xavi has now confirmed that discussions over an extension have began, however the head coach is at present specializing in delivering extra silverware this season.

“We have now talked, after all. We’re very a lot in tune, however I at all times say the identical factor: relax and first we have now to win titles,” he instructed reporters forward of Sunday’s La Liga conflict with Athletic Bilbao.

The Spaniard is broadly considered among the best midfielders in the historical past of soccer, starring for Barcelona between 1998 and 2015 earlier than ending his profession with Al-Sadd.

Xavi then managed Al-Sadd between 2019 and 2021 earlier than returning to Barcelona, and he has now taken cost of 75 matches for the membership, boasting a file of 47 wins, 14 attracts and 14 defeats.

The previous midfielder gained his first silverware as Barcelona head coach earlier this 12 months, with the Catalan aspect beating Real Madrid in the ultimate of the Spanish Tremendous Cup.

Barcelona manager Xavi pictured in September 2022.

Barcelona once more didn’t qualify for the knockout spherical of the Champions League, whereas they had been knocked out of the Europa League by Manchester United in the playoff spherical.

Xavi can nonetheless ship two extra trophies this season, although, with the group main Real Madrid 1-0 in their Copa del Rey semi-final forward of the second leg firstly of April.

Barcelona are additionally six factors forward of second-placed Real Madrid on the high of the La Liga desk with a recreation in hand on Carlo Ancelotti‘s aspect, who beat Espanyol 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Blaugrana’s absence from European soccer signifies that they haven’t been in motion since recording a 1-0 win over Valencia in the league final weekend.

Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Ronald Araujo might be lacking in opposition to Athletic on Sunday evening, however the Catalan outfit might be boosted by the return from damage of main goalscorer Robert Lewandowski.