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Breaking: Future Barcelona manager Xavi Hernández tests positive for Coronavirus

David Bravo

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Xavi Hernández, former midfielder and potential Barça coach, has announced that he has tested positive for Coronavirus, despite feeling well at present.


Legendary Barcelona midfielder and potential future coach of the blaugranas Xavi Hernández has tested positive for Coronavirus, as he and his club Al Sadd have revealed through social media. Xavi has explained that he will not coach his team in tonight’s return of the competition in Qatar in order to follow the established health protocol, but that he feels well currently.

In his Instagram account, Xavi Hernández has written: “A few days ago, following the protocol, I tested positive for COVID–19. Thankfully I am feeling well, but I will be isolated. Once the medical team allows me to do so, I will be anxious to return to my daily routine and to work. I would like to thank the authorities for providing the means of early detection, reducing the spread of the infection and guaranteeing a normal development of the competition. We will see again soon in the football pitch”.

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Xavi Hernández is eager to return to coaching his team soon | Photo by Josep Lago / AFP via Getty Images

Xavi Hernández has been in Qatar since 2015, first as a player after his truly successful career in Barcelona, and then as a manager. Now he had been linked with a return to Barcelona as a coach, either as a replacement of current boss Quique Setién, or as a future manager in 2021 with the support of presidential candidate Víctor Font.

Thanks to the appropriate measures being taken, Xavi appears to be healthy and should return to doing what he likes most soon: shaping football. From Barça Universal, we wish Xavi Hernández a speedy recovery and safe return to normality.


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Breaking: Barça and Ajax reach principle agreement over Sergino Dest

Zafer Cincil

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FC Barcelona and Ajax reached an agreement in principles regarding the transfer of Sergino Dest. Barça will pay 20 million euros fixed + 5 million in variables.

Barcelona was in the race with Bayern Munich to sign the young star, and as things stand, the Catalan club has agreed with Ajax to sign the player. Dest, himself, also prefers to join Barça over Bayern — most likely because he has a higher guarantee of play-time after Nelson Semedo’s departure.

As sources from Barça have confirmed the signing, Culés look forward to seeing the 19-year-old at the Camp Nou and ultimately seek to solve the right-back problem at the club ever since Dani Alves left.

Sources: Oriol Domènech, Alfredo Martinez, TV3, Rac1

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