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Despite Barcelona’s consecutive wins over Real Sociedad and Almeria in La Liga, Xavi’s immediate future at the club continues to hang in the balance.

In fact, RAC1 claims that president Joan Laporta has decided to part ways with Xavi at the end of the season and there will be a new manager installed for the next campaign.

The situation surrounding Xavi’s future is now more uncertain than ever, particularly after his delayed resignation announcement following a devastating loss against Villarreal. 

According to sources, club President Joan Laporta has instructed the Sports Commission to start searching for a new coach for the upcoming season. 

This decision came abruptly during a meeting at the club’s offices, unplanned as Laporta originally intended to accompany the team to Almeria but changed his plans last minute.

Laporta frustrated with Xavi

Laporta’s frustration stemmed from Xavi’s recent statements at a press conference where he emphasized the club’s financial constraints and the necessity to strengthen the team to compete effectively. 

This contradicted the optimistic tone Xavi had conveyed earlier at Laporta’s residence and this shift in attitude disappointed Laporta, prompting him to skip the Almeria trip.

Joan Laporta does not want to continue with Xavi. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Further signs of trouble surfaced with the sports director, Deco, unexpectedly travelling to Portugal, potentially to discuss coaching options with Porto’s Sergio Conceicao. 

Laporta’s inner circle argues that a new coach is needed to inject fresh ideas and enthusiasm into the team, qualities they feel Xavi currently lacks.

Is Xavi’s run over?

Above all, Xavi’s handling of Vitor Roque has also raised eyebrows as he allegedly demanded his arrival be expedited, contrary to the club’s plans. 

It is suggested that Xavi expressly asked Roque to be brought in January even after the fact that the technical office had planned his arrival for the next summer.

The silence from club officials accompanying the team to Almeria only adds to speculation about Xavi’s future.

In addition to Xavi, names like Hansi Flick and Rafa Marquez are being considered as potential replacements, adding to the uncertainty surrounding Barcelona’s coaching situation.

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