Joan Laporta welcomes Xavi to the Barça


The 'summit' with Laporta that triggered the announcement of Xavi's resignation

Published:27/01/2024 - 23:10h

Updated:28/01/2024 - 14:40h

Before Xavi Hernández communicated his decision to leave FC Barcelona, there was a private meeting with Joan Laporta in which the coach explained his reasons for stepping aside and abandoning the 'ship'

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Xavi Hernández will carry the reins of the bench of the FC Barcelona until 30 June. It has taken the decision to abandon the team, after little more than two years, to promote a new dynamic and change of cycle. It feels like the responsible elder of the Barcelona sportive crisis that has carried them to lose the Supercopa of Spain and Glass of the King in question of two weeks and remain in a situation more than delicate in LaLiga, to ten points of the Real Madrid with only 22 days contested.

The announcement produced in the back press conference to the defeat against the Villarreal. It had delayed more than the normal and gave place to a ráfaga of informations on what was happening after vestidores. Joan Laporta, maximum mandator of the club, had gathered with his circle of confidence to define the leaf of route after the varapalo in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Compannys while Xavi and the players attended to the first media to review, as such, the party in front of the yellow submarine.

The uncertainty installed when Xavi went in to gather with Laporta. It was the moment to give explanations, because the brief meeting between managerial had determined that everything was in the hands of the trainer and that, in principle, went to be followed. They did not go him to destituir and cause a greater crisis in full season with LaLiga and Champions League at stake, by what gave authority to the of Terrassa to continue to the control of the team and define he his leaf of route.

Taut meeting, but calmly between Laporta and Xavi

They have not revealed a lot of details of the meeting, as such, between the two. Yes intuye that it has been the moment in which Hernández confirmed to the maximum mandator his intention to abandon the team when it finish the season so that it begin a new dynamic. It was a decision that had taken does some days, after analysing it with his wife, Núria Cunillera, his brother Óscar, that also is his assistant, and with his team of work. It was not a decision taken from the emocionalidad of the defeat, neither by the impulse of the last results. It had it meditado and understood that, in this moment and after the performance of the Barça, was the opportunity to communicate it and that begin the way to trace to the new Barcelona group.

Xavi himself has confessed that the conversation with Laporta after the defeat in front of the Villarreal was "very human" and that has showed him confidence, in spite of his intention to go out, of face to what remains of season, confirming that "I do not move me by economic situations", leaving fall that 'will forgive' the money that remains him for earning and that moves " by the heart". In several opportunities the egarense recalcó that "think that it is the best situation. I do not want to be a problem" and of there his decision to go out.

New way by in front for the Barça

For the Barça begins a new stage, entirely distinct. Recently more than two years, in November of 2021, Joan Laporta sent to Rafa Yuste and Mateu Alemany to negotiate with the To the-Sadd so that Xavi turned into the relief of Ronald Koeman, to the one who there was destituido days before by a defeat against the Ray Vallecano. Now, to the maximum mandator blaugrana corresponds him take again the reins and look for to a new trainer. The third since it went back to the presidency.

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