Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed he has held talks with Xavi Hernandez over the last few weeks.
Barca is in search of a new coach following the departure of Ronald Koeman who was sacked on Wednesday. The Catalans have already appointed Sergi Barjuan as the caretaker manager who is set to lead the team until it lands a permanent coach.
Laporta refused to confirm whether Xavi will take over from Koeman at Nou Camp.
“My opinion about Xavi as a manager is he is in a process of learning, evolving, I have really good references from close people who know him better than me in that way,” he said at a press conference on Friday.
“I talked with him two months ago when we gave Ronald Koeman this confidence because I understand that we had to give him those months, the team needed some time to recover.
“I have a great relationship with Xavi, I have been speaking with him in the last month, I know his opinion about this squad, what he thinks has to happen. We talk as two friends and in this case, my opinion is a really good one. I am talking to him because he loves football, he is a huge Barca fan, it is one of his goals in his life. If he is the one able to manage this squad, I have a great relationship with him, and he is a possibility because we will see how everything will continue evolving.
“These are private conversations between friends, and I cannot explain what we talked about. I already told you and I cannot explain anything about our options because it will not be professional, and it will affect our plans. I am sorry, but I cannot tell you anything.
“I have always said one day he will be Barca’s head coach, but I don’t know when. We have great references about Xavi at Al Sadd. All our reports about Xavi are positive. We can talk a lot about Xavi but I cannot give you more details. He is in all the papers, but we also have other options.”
The former midfielder is currently in charge of the Qatari club Al Sadd.