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Xavi to continue as Barcelona manager next season

Xavi Wednesday reversed his decision to step down at the end of the season and agreed to stay in charge of Barca for the 2024-25 campaign

Update : 25 Apr 2024, 03:52 AM

Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez Wednesday reversed his decision to step down at the end of the season and agreed to stay in charge of the LaLiga giants for the 2024-25 campaign, a club spokesperson confirmed to Reuters.

Xavi spent most of the day in meetings with Barca officials and agreed with a series of conditions set by the club and will honor the last year of his contract, sources said, although it is still unclear what those terms are.

Xavi is set to speak to the media Sunday, prior to their LaLiga game against Valencia and club president Joan Laporta is expected to hold a press conference Thursday to talk about the coach's decision.

Xavi played for Barca for 17 years, making 767 appearances and winning 25 trophies, including four Champions League titles and eight LaLiga crowns.

But despite being a club great and winning LaLiga last term, Barca's stuttering form this season put him under pressure.

Barca were left licking the wounds following a 3-2 LaLiga loss at leaders Real Madrid Sunday that left them 11 points adrift of their bitter rivals with six games left.

That defeat came a few days after they were knocked out of the Champions League in another heartbreaking 4-1 defeat against Paris Saint Germain.

That means they are almost certain to finish the season without a major trophy after a difficult campaign in which the on-field struggles have been reflected in the turmoil off the pitch.

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