Injury against Napoli is no excuse: Barça coach Xavi

Barça convey to me 'calmness and confidence': Xavi despite reports of sacking


Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez insisted on Saturday that he still feels he still has the trust of president Joan Laporta, despite intense speculation over his future.

Spanish media widely reported on Friday that Xavi would be sacked within the next few weeks, but the manager said Barcelona had “expressed calmness” to Xavi.

The 44-year-old initially announced in January that he would leave the club at the end of the season, but made a dramatic U-turn in April as the team improved in form.

However, Laporta was reportedly furious with Xavi's comments earlier this week, which highlighted Barcelona's financial woes in contrast to the strength of eternal rivals Real Madrid.

“The news doesn't interest me.[The club]conveys calmness and confidence to me. For me, absolutely nothing has changed,” Xavi said in a press conference.

“We're going to meet with the president and if we have to talk about something we'll do that, but in theory everything is the same as it was three weeks ago.”

It was then that Laporta and Xavi announced the news that the manager would stay until June 2025, the final year of his contract.

Last year's champion Barcelona failed to win a trophy this season.

With Real Madrid reaching the Champions League final and signing Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappé looking set to be signed, Xavi was dejected on Thursday when he spoke about Barça's ability to compete with Europe's biggest teams. He had a sad expression on his face.

But the coach said on Saturday that his “hopes and ambitions” for next season were still strong.

Barcelona can seal second place in La Liga with a win against Rayo Vallecano in Sunday's penultimate league match.

“I have no doubt that things will go well. I have an exceptional base (of players) and I know that we will be able to compete better next season,” Xavi continued.

“Our hopes and ambitions are still intact.”

In the face of speculation about his future, Xavi said he had told his team as much.

“Nobody seemed restless. We are focused on Rajo,” the coach added at the end of his press conference, which was much shorter than usual.

Source: guardian.ng

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