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Report: Messi prioritizes Barcelona and will stay if Xavi becomes manager

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Judging by his own otherworldly standards, Lionel Messi’s 2020/21 season has been a mixed bag so far. The Argentine hasn’t exactly been himself since the beginning of the campaign, especially in front of goal, but has still managed to be heavily influential when it mattered.

And many would say that this could indeed be a psychological thing rather than us witnessing a decline of the greatest player who ever lived. After all, he was so close to leaving the club during the summer that it has left him emotionally drained. Even he is surely to be affected by such an unbelievable course of events.

However, despite many rumours seeming to still indicate the opposite, Messi wants to stay after all and according to the reliable Sique Rodríguez from Carrusel Deportivo, he will do so if Xavi becomes the next Barcelona manager.

Of course, the club are not really hiding their attempts to bring the Catalan legend back to the Camp Nou in the managerial role but so far, Xavi wasn’t ready to commit. The official reasons so far have been the lack of experience and insecurity in his own skills but by the time 2021/22 arrives, things might change.

Needless to say, Messi can only be convinced by a good sporting project. After all, he wants to win and be in a winning team and nothing else matters. Of course, his loyalty can hardly be questioned but it does have some limits, as it would seem.

However, with Xavi leading the team in the foreseeable future, the Argentine would be more than happy to stick with the Azulgranas.

Let’s hope it happens.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Gerard Pique appoints Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra

Udhav Arora

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In an interesting turn of events, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. Sarabia served as Quique Setien’s assistant during the Spaniard’s six-month tenure at Barcelona ranging from January to August before the coaching staff was sacked for a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Pique’s Kosmos Holding Group bought Andorra, who operated in the Tercera Division – the Spain’s fourth tier, in December 2018. After raising enough funds, and going on a 22 match unbeaten run, Andorra replaced CF Reus in the Segunda Division B.

After the dismissal of Gabri Garcia following a poor run of form, Nacho Castro was appointed as the head coach. After nearly a year in-charge, on January 18, Andorra announced through a press release that Castro would not be continuing at the club. Three hours later, Eder Sarabia was appointed.

This appointment has come as a surprise to Barcelona fans considering Sarabia’s controversial tenure with the club. The Spaniard had been on the end of several heated discussion with club captain Lionel Messi, with videos releasing of the assistant shouting and cursing at the players during a game against Celta Vigo last season.

Andorra currently sit second in Group III-A of the Segunda Division B, three points clear of Barcelona B. The two are set to meet on 7th February in Round 15 of the third division. The Encamp outfit won the last meeting, held in November 2020, between the two with a goal from Carlos Martinez Rodriguez enough to scrape a 1-0 win through.

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