Barcelona are in negotiations with manager Xavi Hernandez over a new contract. Talks of a renewal had been doing the rounds since the final phase of the campaign, but the manager was putting them off until the La Liga title was in the bag.
With the title won and the season over, things are expected to pick up pace with regard to Xavi’s contract extension. The 43-year-old’s current deal runs until the summer of 2024 and the idea is to prolong his stay at the club until 2026, which is when Joan Laporta’s presidential term comes to an end.
It was believed that a new deal for the club legend was close. However, according to Manu Carreno on El Larguero, Xavi and Barcelona may still be some way apart in negotiations over his new contract.
As per the report, the manager is holding out for a net salary of €12 million to renew his contract. Furthermore, the former midfielder is asking for a total of €30 million in gross salary for him and his staff combined.
But those demands are way beyond what the Blaugrana are willing to pay at this moment, as a result of which, the two parties are not close to finalising the renewal.
Given Barcelona’s financial situation, it is likely that Xavi will likely adjust his demands to fit into the club’s current wage scale and La Liga’s salary limits.
Both parties are keen on continuing the partnership and a middle ground could be reached in the coming days before the contract renewal is agreed and announced.
Xavi took over the reins at Barcelona in November 2021 when the team was in a state of turmoil. The 43-year-old led the Catalans to the La Liga and Spanish Super Cup triumphs in his first full season in charge.