Barcelona president: ‘Xavi will be Barca manager sooner or later, but not now’

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted that he sees Xavi Hernandez becoming the club’s manager at some point during his managerial career. However, the current club president has backed current boss Quique Setien for staying on next season, confirming that Xavi will not be appointed this summer.

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Setien, who looks to fail in Barcelona’s title chase. Since the return of La Liga in June, Barcelona have lost their advantage in La Liga and are now four points behind arch rivals Real Madrid. Losing the title to Madrid has led to speculation Setien could be replaced after the season with Xavi being put forward as a leading candidate.

But Bartomeu has backed his current coach while he admitted that Xavi will be coaching Barcelona some day. “Xavi will be Barca’s coach, sooner or later. But right now we are not looking for a coach, we are with Quique,” Bartomeu told TV3. “Quique Setien will coach the team in the Champions League and these last two Liga games that are left.”

“We have had a very atypical season, we will play in August and he will be the coach. If we overcome Napoli, we will be in Lisbon. Our will is to fulfil contracts and Setien has one. We went to Setien’s house to speak about the future, the plans for next season. He will probably be there and I am very interested to hear what he thinks.”