Barcelona President to Fire Xavi Hernandez at Season’s End

Laporta Reacts to Xavi’s Comments and Board Pressure

Barcelona President Joan Laporta has decided to fire manager Xavi Hernandez at the end of the season, multiple Spanish reports indicate.

During Barcelona’s match against Almeria on Wednesday, it came to light that Xavi’s comments in a pre-match press conference had angered Laporta. Xavi had expressed doubts about competing with Real Madrid and mentioned that Barcelona had no plans to bring in Vitor Roque this January. These remarks, coupled with pressure from other board members, led to Laporta’s decision.

Reports from RAC1, Cadena Cope, and El Chiringuito all suggest that Xavi is on his way out, with RAC1 confirming that he will not continue next season. Although earlier reports from Marca and MD suggested there would be no immediate action, they now acknowledge Laporta’s consideration of the sacking.

The separation’s terms are still uncertain. Xavi had previously agreed to leave at the season’s end without demanding the remainder of his contract, which would save the financially troubled club over €10 million. This decision might affect Barcelona’s search for a new manager, as the instability could deter potential candidates.

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