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Primera División: Newspaper: Flick becomes Barça coach – end for Xavi

Primera División: Newspaper: Flick becomes Barça coach – end for Xavi

Now everything could happen very quickly. According to a Spanish newspaper, Hansi Flick has been confirmed as the new coach of FC Barcelona. And it’s fitting that the separation from Xavi has been completed.

According to a media report from Spain, Hansi Flick will be the new coach of FC Barcelona. The top Catalan club will announce the appointment of the former national coach on Monday, wrote the newspaper “Mundo Deportivo”.

According to reports, a crucial phone call between the 59-year-old and Barça’s sporting director Deco took place last Wednesday. According to consistent media reports, Flick will receive a contract until 2026.

“Hansi’s style suits Barcelona. He wants his teams to play offensively and attractively,” said record-breaking international player Lothar Matthäus to “Bild”. “With (Marc-André) ter Stegen, Gündogan and (Robert) Lewandowski, he immediately has three people he can relate to, which is important. He made Ilkay Gündogan captain at the DFB, which speaks for their special relationship.”

In keeping with this, Barcelona has already announced that it will be parting ways with current coach Xavi after this season. Club president Joan Laporta has informed the 44-year-old that he will no longer be head coach in 2024/25, the Catalans announced on their website. In the coming days, Barcelona will provide information about the new structure of the professional team.

Several U-turns

Xavi’s public statements about the club’s financial situation and the lack of international competitiveness of his squad are said to have massively angered the Barça management. He had actually already announced his resignation after the end of this season in January. Even at that time, Flick was being considered as a possible successor.

In April, the first turnaround came when Xavi, President Laporta and sporting director Deco agreed to continue working together until at least 2025. But now it’s over.

One thing that speaks in Flick’s favor as a potential successor is that his agent Pini Zahavi has a good relationship with Laporta. He also has a good reputation in Spain because, as coach of Bayern Munich, he beat FC Barcelona 8-2 in the quarterfinals on the way to winning the Champions League in 2020.

Source: Stern

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