Xavi will coach Barcelona soon- Bartomeu

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Barcelona President, Josep Bartomeu believes Xavi will manage the club sooner or later with the pressure continuing to mount on current boss Quique Setein.

The Catalan club's iconic Midfielder has been linked with a return to the Nou Camp having managed Qatari side Al-sadd since 2019. Barcelona have struggled to impress during Setien's short reign and have fallen behind rivals Real Madrid in the race for the league title.

The situation, has been coupled with lacklustre displays on the field and controversial moments off of it, have led to reports linking Xavi with a return to his Boyhood club.

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However, while Xavi is one of the men to lead to replace Setien, Bartomeu insists that they are backing their current manager to succeed this season.

'Xavi will be Barca's coach, sooner or later. But right now we are not looking for a coach, we are with Quique,' he told Omokoshaban Sports.

'Quique will coach the team in the Champions league and last two La Liga Matches. 'We have had a very typical season, we will play In August and he will be the coach. If we overcome Napoli, we will be in Lisbon.

'Our will is to fulfill contracts and Setien has one. We went to Setien's house to speak about the future, the plans for next season. He will probably be there and I am interested to hear what he thinks.

'He has a lot of time with Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati. We have seen Pedri and Francesco Trincao in form, there is hope'.

Barcelona won their last game against Valladolid and would have to pray so Real Madrid slip up in their next match if any hope of a La Liga crown is to be actualised.

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