Xavi is currently coaching the Qatari Al Sadd team, but he agreed with Font that if he wins the elections on January 24, he will return to Barcelona.
Font is enthusiastic about a long-term project led by Xavi, 40.
“We decided years ago that the best person to help us build our institution is Xavi,” Font said in an interview with Reuters.
He added, “Chafee could play an ideal role as a coach during years like Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, but if he wanted a different role, he could deal with flexibility, and few people had his leadership qualities.”
Ferguson is the most successful football coach in Britain, winning 49 titles during a training career spanning 39 years, including 38 with “Almanio”.
Font is keen to stay in Barcelona for many years, and not to transfer his expertise to competitors in Europe.
He continued, “I told Xavi not to be another case like Pep Guardiola .. Pep coached the first team successfully for a few years, then moved abroad (Bayern Munich and Manchester City), and we need Xavi within the next 10 years.”
Fonte’s plans do not mean that the arrival of Xavi will make Ronald Koeman’s position facing an imminent threat.
He explained, “This is a decision for the sports administration, but we thank Ronald for taking this challenge at a difficult time, and we are happy that he makes bold decisions and supports promising young players .. Chafee is facing a long project and is only 40 years old, and he told me that he has many years ahead of his coaching career.” So there is no disagreement or tension. ”
Back to the roots
Xavi – who played 767 matches with Barcelona, a record during the period between 1998 and 2015 – grew up in the Lamasia Talent Academy, and won many major titles, including 8 in the Spanish League, 3 in the Copa del Rey and 4 in the European Champions League, in addition to two cup titles. The world of clubs.
But the academy has lost its luster, and no longer provides the first team with the bright talents of the past.
Currently, the first team includes Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto who are only academy graduates, while players such as Hector Bellerin, Thiago Alcantara and Eric Garcia have left due to lack of opportunities.
The club spent huge sums of money to buy players from other clubs, such as Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Osman Dembele, without any of them leaving an important imprint in the team.
Wundt intends to draw a direct line between the academy and the first team that collapsed last season after a humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
And he continued, “Our history shows that our most successful period was when we adhered to the style of Johan Cruyff that he imposed in the eighties and upon which the talents of the Academy are based. That is why we want to return to the roots and rely on a project that bets on emerging talents instead of expensive deals, and Chafee can take over this task.”
He concluded that “major sports decisions need professionals who know the game more than others.”