Quique Setién, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Éric Abidal in a Barça's press conference


Bartomeu and Abidal avoided the 'Xavi issue' in the presentation of Setién

Published:14/01/2020 - 20:48h

Updated:14/01/2020 - 23:54h

Quique Setién was presented on Tuesday as the new coach of Barça, and Josep Maria Bartomeu and Éric Abidal supported him without doubts. They both avoided talking about Xavi Hernández despite the questions from the press

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Quique Setién lived this Tuesday a special day in the FC Barcelona, in which it was presented like new trainer. The ex of the Real Betis does charge of a project that was twisting to the orders of Ernesto Valverde, and that the club has tried enderezar before the decisive fight by the titles. In the official press conference there were some pending explanations, although they did not resolve all the incógnitas.

The preparador Cantabrian arrived to the Auditori 1899 accompanied by two 'heavy weights' of the planning barcelonista, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Éric Abidal, that contributed some details on this unexpected change in the bench. Both cleared that the contacts with the extremeño were frequent and sincere, and that already had warned him that they looked for alternative in case the situation complicated before the summer.

This yes, when the press asked after the proposal to Xavi Hernández, the leaders preferred not answering, perhaps by respect to the recently arrived or to the own technician of the To the-Sadd. The maximum Barcelona mandator only revealed the clause of exit that has the one of Santander in his agreement of face to the elections of 2021, and limited to give the word to his technical secretary, commissioned of the management in this plot.

"Quique Setién has an agreement until 2022 but as there are elections in 2021 there is a clause by which the president chosen can do a change", explained, before giving foot to the French because "it has made the research and anybody better that he so that it speak you of this". Although the 'boss' happened him the witness, the ex player did not walk with detours, and specified directly that it did not go to pronounce on the spoken with the egarense.

"I do not go to speak of Xavi. I will do it more than the situation and the position of the club. With Ramón (Plans) have done a big work because the Board needs answers to take decisions. Each trainer has a plan, his way to work, his 'DNA', his image... But to take the decision have to think in the club and in the project. Quique is here because has a project and liked us", underlined the Frenchman.

"Have the full confidence in the trainer and in his staff. Respect to all the trainers with which have spoken but it is necessary to take a decision. For us and for the club the perfect trainer is Quique Setién", insisted the one of Saint-Genis-Laval, that led the expedition culé that displaced to Qatar for tantear to the of Terrassa. This said 'no', but the door is not closed and sooner or later will return to the Camp Nou.

Xavi does not want to precipitate his return to the Barça

Although it is clear that the Barça follows closely his evolutions, Xavi does not want to precipitate his turn to the City Condal, and there were several reasons that pushed him to refuse the offer that had to lead to the first team of immediate form. The Catalan has a commitment with his current club and with his players, and in addition to preferring a project that begin from zero, and respect to the salient trainer, could have given his word already to one of the candidates of the coming elections, Víctor Font.

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