Barcelona legend Xavi confirms he is in regular contact with ‘good friend’ Joan Laporta

Xavi confirms he is in regular contact with ‘good friend’ Joan Laporta to fuel talk of a Barcelona return as manager… with ex-midfielder heaping praise on ‘best president I ever had’

  • Xavi has confirmed he is ‘in contact’ with new Barcelona president Joan Laporta
  • The pair have a close relationship and Xavi is ‘very happy’ to see him re-elected
  • Laporta previously talked up the idea of the former midfielder managing Barca

Xavi Hernandez believes ‘good friend’ Joan Laporta will bring success back to Barcelona on and off the pitch after being re-elected as president.

The legendary former Spain midfielder has revealed he is in contact with Laporta, fuelling suggestions the pair could reunite at the Nou Camp with Xavi brought back as manager.

‘Laporta is a good friend. I know him very well,’ Xavi told beIN Sports.

Xavi Hernandez is thriving as manager of Qatari side Al Saad

Xavi was full of praise for Laporta on his reelection

Xavi (left) has revealed he remains ‘in contact’ with new Barcelona president Joan Laporta

‘He is the best president I have ever had. Barca will return both in terms of sporting and economic results.

‘There are problems to solve but you can do it all. I wish him well. I am in contact with him and I am very happy.’

Laporta’s former rival for the presidency, Victor Font, was keen to make a Xavi return central to his plans. Instead, Laporta dominated the voting.

Xavi is currently in charge at Al Saad and has won four trophies as manager of the Qatari side.

Laporta (centre) and Xavi (front row, third from left) are 'good friends' and speak regularly

Laporta (centre) and Xavi (front row, third from left) are ‘good friends’ and speak regularly

Laporta and Xavi have a close relationship – the former’s first spell as president was between 2003 and 2010 when Xavi was club captain.

The 41-year-old is seen as a future Barcelona manager in the mould of Pep Guardiola and Laporta refused to play down the possibility in a recent interview.

Speaking to RAC1 last month, Laporta said: ‘We call each other often. In my project, I think that in the short, medium or long-term, he can coach Barcelona because he wants to.

‘But he needs a little more preparation. The club requires experience. It’s the same as we did with Rijkaard, who laid the foundations, and Pep Guardiola, who brought excellence.

While their contact has talked up a return for Xavi as boss, Laporta last month said he would respect the position of Ronald Koeman (pictured) with Barca four points off the top of LaLiga

While their contact has talked up a return for Xavi as boss, Laporta last month said he would respect the position of Ronald Koeman (pictured) with Barca four points off the top of LaLiga

‘First of all, we have to respect (Ronald) Koeman, who has a contract. He’s a Barcelona great and deserves all our respect, although results and performances count. The current situation requires experience.’

A 4-1 win over Huesca on Sunday takes Barcelona, who are finalists in the Copa del Rey, within four points of LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid after 27 games.

Koeman’s side are the top scorers in LaLiga and have rallied after making a dismal start to the 2020-21 season.

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