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FC Barcelona News: 11 January 2020; Ernesto Valverde future uncertain amid Xavi rumors

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Coach Ernesto Valverde ‘se queda’ at Barcelona until June | Sport

Ernesto Valverde’s future at Barcelona is making headlines around the world, but the club expect him to remain in charge until June. The Super Cup defeat has damaged his standing at the club but he still has the backing of the players. However, a change is expected in the summer and Barca are sounding out potential replacements.

Diego Simeone: Valverde’s proven his ability to manage Barcelona | Sport

Diego Simeone was asked about Ernesto Valverde’s future at Barcelona ahead of the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday. He said: “I have a lot of respect for everyone’s opinion. For me, Valverde is a great coach and he has shown his ability to manage the club with his work for a few years now.”

Xavi’s Al-Sadd in semifinal action on Saturday with Barça links lurking | Sport

Xavi is being tipped to replace Ernesto Valverde but is busy on Saturday with his Al Sadd team in semi-final action in the Crown Prince Cup against Al-Rayyan. The competition features the best four teams in the league from last season, and Xavi’s champions face the team that finished fourth.

Barcelona haven’t fired a coach since 2003 | Marca

Barcelona are rumored to be close to sacking Ernesto Valverde and have not fired a manager since 2003. The last coach to be given the boot mid-season was Louis van Gaal in January 2003 after a 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo.

Barcelona insert ‘anti-Piqué’ clause in players’ contracts | AS

Barcelona are set to insert new clauses in their players’ contracts to limit their off-field commitments. This is reportedly in response to Gerard Pique’s foray into the business world which saw him forced to defend accusations he was distracted in November after being heavily involved in the revamped Davis Cup.

Xavi to Barcelona? Returning heroes - the hits and misses | AS

Xavi’s potential return to Barcelona is dominating the headlines but club legends coming back is not always a success story. Pep Guardiola, Zinedine Zidane and Roberto Di Matteo all enjoyed success at former clubs, while Alan Shearer, Filippo Inzaghi and Thierry Henry are examples of returning heroes who flopped in the managerial hotseat.

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