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Laporta says Barcelona have ‘other options’ as well as Xavi

The president also discussed Ronald Koeman’s exit

Barcelona hire Sergi Barjuan as interim manager after Koeman’s firing Photo by Adria Puig/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Barcelona president Joan Laporta offered an update on Xavi and the club’s seach for a new manager at a press conference on Friday.

Laporta appeared alongside new interim coach Sergi Barjuan and said that Xavi is not the only option to replace Ronald Koeman at the Camp Nou.

“I have always said one day [Xavi] will be Barca’s head coach but I don’t know when,” he said.

“We have great references about Xavi at Al Sadd. All our reports about Xavi are positive. We can talk a lot about Xavi, but I cannot give you more details. He is in all the papers, but we also have other options.”

Xavi appears to be the overwhelming favorite at the moment with the club legend reportedly keen to leave Al-Sadd now and head home.

It’s thought Barjuan will be in charge against Alaves and Dynamo Kiev but that Xavi could take over after those games if all goes well.

Laporta also spoke about Koeman’s departure and admitted that he probably left the Dutchman in the job for too long.

“Probably, yes,” he added. “Looking back it is easy to analyse, we felt Koeman deserved confidence to recover some injured players and it was a way to motivate the manager.

“I looked for some positives. Probably we had to make an earlier decision, I assume the responsibilities of this decision.”

Barjuan will take charge of Barca for the first time on Saturday when Alaves visit the Camp Nou with the Catalan giants really needing a win to breathe life into their season.