THE FIRST CONTACT WAS 2 MONTHS AGO
How the signing of Quique Setién by Barça was managed
Published:15/01/2020 - 10:54h
Updated:15/01/2020 - 11:19h
FC Barcelona closed in a matter of a few days the signing of Quique Setién to replace Valverde. The Barcelona club, however, first contacted the Cantabrian in November. Abidal spoke with him and closed his arrival this past Monday
Quique Setién already is trainer of the FC Barcelona with all the ones of the law. The santanderino, that already directed his first two trainings this past Tuesday, also signed and was presented in the Camp Nou. Josep Maria Bartomeu and Éric Abidal posed beside him and were supporting him during his first press conference like technician barcelonista. The ex of the Betis showed visibly thrilled, happy and convinced to be able to do the things well.
But the arrival of the Cantabrian to the Barça has been more complex of what seems, in spite of the full predisposition of Setién since the culés contacted with him. It is necessary to leave very clear that the ex of The Palms never was the first option of the managerial board blaugrana to relieve to Ernesto Valverde. In fact, not even it was the second, since Ronald Koeman carried this recognition.
As all the means have signalled, Xavi Hernández was the favourite of Bartomeu and of the directive to seat in the bench of the Barcelona. Abidal Was the attendant to do charge of the negotiations and presented in Doha to chat with the Catalan and convince him that it accepted the challenge. The French offered him, as it explains Sportive World, an agreement of two years and half and can be already against the Granada this Sunday.
The first meeting was the Friday in a restaurant beside the wife of Xavi, his brother and his representative Fernando Adrets. The one of Terrassa did not give any answer and the Sunday the technical secretary culé attended to his house in search of the agreement. As it already is known, andl ex midfield player said "no" and Abidal had to return to Barcelona without closing the contracting of any trainer.
The Barça sondeó while to Koeman and Setién
But during the trip of the Frenchman, the Barcelona already there was sondeado other options in case Xavi refused the proposal. MD explains that Koeman also denied to seat in the Barcelona bench by his commitment with Holland in the Eurocopa. On the other hand, Ramon Plans reactivated the road Quique Setién, that carried on the dot died from November, when they called from the technical office to the Cantabrian for the first time.
Already it does two months, Bartomeu and the club doubted of Valverde, and therefore Abidal and Plans began to move in search of alternatives. But the weeks happened and did not go until the past Friday when the right hand of the French contacted again with Setién to see if it was had to accept the charge. The ex bético did not doubt it and contacted with his agent so that it detailed more the offer.
This Monday, that was when it closed everything, went the first time in which Setién spoke with the technical secretary blaugrana. Both held a conversation telephone that resulted very fruitful, since the Frenchman finish convinced with what said him the one of Santander. At the end, everything resolved quickly, since the ex of the Betis happened then to be the first option of the Barça for reiniciar this project.