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Sport Barcelona president backs Setién, sees Xavi as future coach

00:15  02 august  2020
00:15  02 august  2020 Source:   ap.org

Xavi makes it clear: Barca is my main goal

 Xavi makes it clear: Barca is my main goal © Getty Images Xavi Hernandez dreams of returning to FC Barcelona The Spanish football idol Xavi (40) has underpinned his ambitions to become a coach at his heart club FC Barcelona. "I have always said that my main goal is Barca. This is my home and it would be a dream," said the former professional of the Spanish sports newspaper Marca. Xavi Al-Sadd SC is currently training in Qatar's top division.

Questions are being asked of the man currently calling the shots, with one of those looking to take control at Camp Nou already planning change.

Quique Setien is not a coach that Barcelona are “ backing for the future ”, claims presidential candidate Victor Font, with those looking to take Font admits that Setien is not viewed as a long-term solution in Catalunya, telling Ole: “He's the current Barca coach so for that reason alone he deserves

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona's club president has not lost faith in coach Quique Setién, while leaving the door open for Xavi Hernández as a future coach.

Barcelona's head coach Quique Setien gestures after the Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Saturday, June 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Lalo Villar) © Provided by Associated Press Barcelona's head coach Quique Setien gestures after the Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Saturday, June 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Lalo Villar)

Josep Bartomeu told Spanish sports daily Sport in an interview on Saturday that “at no moment did we think about a coaching change” despite Barcelona's poor finish to the Spanish league season.

Xavi says coaching Barca remains his 'primary goal'

  Xavi says coaching Barca remains his 'primary goal' Xavi Hernandez, who is coaching Al-Sadd in Qatar, says his "primary goal" is to coach Barcelona where he won a host of trophies, but he is focused on his current job. Xavi, who played for Al-Sadd from 2015 to 2019 and then became coach, also said he thought Qatar would host a "historic" World Cup in 2022.Xavi also said he was "fine" after testing positive for coronavirus.

Quique Setien is not a coach that Barcelona are “ backing for the future ”, claims presidential candidate Victor Font, with those looking to take control at Camp Nou planning on bringing Xavi back to the club. The reigning La Liga champions only made a change in the dugout back in January, as

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted Xavi will become the club's manager "sooner or later" but revealed the club is ready to back Quique Setien for next season. The Catalans have struggled to impress under Setien and are currently second in La Liga with Real Madrid in pole

Setién replaced Ernesto Valverde in January and Barcelona was top when the league was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. But his team stumbled once the competition resumed, and Real Madrid won its first title in three years.

“When we hired him, we told him it was a project for this season and the next,” Bartomeu said. “Judging a coach based on a few months, in the middle of a pandemic, is difficult. Like (Barcelona midfielder) Arturo Vidal said, he and the players have had little time to know each other and work together.”

Barcelona's head coach Quique Setien, third right, talks to Barcelona's Jordi Alba in a drinks break during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villareal at La Ceramica stadium in Villareal, Spain, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Miguel Fernandez) © Provided by Associated Press Barcelona's head coach Quique Setien, third right, talks to Barcelona's Jordi Alba in a drinks break during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villareal at La Ceramica stadium in Villareal, Spain, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Miguel Fernandez)

Barcelona hosts Napoli next weekend after Lionel Messi’s team drew 1-1 in the first leg of the last-16 Champions League match at Napoli.

Bartomeu confirmed that the club had earlier approached Xavi in the winter about taking Valverde’s place.

“Xavi will coach Barca one day,” Bartomeu said.

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Alves wants Messi to stay at Barça .
© Provided by Sofoot Friend tip. Leaving Barcelona in the summer of 2017 to join PSG, Dani Alves nevertheless continues to closely follow the news blaugrana and does not miss an opportunity to give his opinion. Asked by Catalunya Radio , the Brazilian said in particular that the club would make a big mistake by letting Lionel Messi go. "I don't think Messi will leave Barça, he is the flag of this club and this team," said the side.

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