Laporta Gives Guarantee To Stay As Long As Possible


Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez can stay with the La Liga club as long as he wants after an extraordinary start to his job, club president Joan Laporta has said. However, he added that he had not discussed a contract extension with the former midfielder.

Barcelona have lost just once in the league since Xavi took charge of the club last November after Dutchman Ronald Koeman was sacked. They are unbeaten in the competition since December 4.

Their 4-0 win over arch rivals Real Madrid last weekend extended their unbeaten run to 13 games. Laporta was asked after the game if he had spoken to Xavi about his contract which runs until 2024.

“We have a coach who values ​​Barca very much and knows the club very well. These are issues we haven’t touched on that we know we have to touch,” Laporta told Mundo Deportivo, Saturday (16/3).

“As I see it, Xavi can stay as long as he wants. One thing that has happened is because he knows this institution very well and loves Barca. He knows at all times what his contribution is.

“He’s already done it as a player. The advantage of these great players being great coaches is that they immediately know their moment.”

Xavi played for Barca for 17 years before moving in 2015 to Al-Sadd Qatar where he ended his playing career four years later. He later became the head coach of Al-Sadd and led them to seven trophies in 2-1/2 years.

“I’m not worried about (his renewal) because I will always, as far as possible, know him professionally on a contractual basis and he has this peace of mind,” Laporta said.

Barca are third in La Liga with 54 points, 12 behind leaders Real Madrid and three behind Sevilla, both of whom have played one game more. They will next face Sevilla when they return to action April 3 after the international break. (OL-8)