Report: Manchester United's Attempt to Stop Xavi's Barcelona Extension

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Report: Manchester United's Attempt to Stop Xavi's Barcelona Extension

Ayoola Kelechi 23:37 - 25.04.2024

Xavi's decision to stay at Barcelona was reportedly under threat after interest from Premier League giants Manchester United

Xavi Hernandez' unexpected decision to extend his stay at Barcelona for the 2024-25 season came as a surprise to many, considering his earlier announcement to leave the club at the end of the current season. Despite his prior claims of not reversing his decision, the 44-year-old chose to continue his tenure at the Catalan club.

Manchester United's Interest in Xavi

Manchester United, amidst their managerial uncertainty, had been closely monitoring Xavi's situation at Barcelona.

According to reports by Relevo, the Premier League giants had identified Xavi as a potential candidate to succeed Erik ten Hag, who has faced mounting pressure in recent months. United viewed Xavi as a promising young coach capable of taking on a significant project.

Disappointment at Manchester United

Xavi's decision to extend his contract with Barcelona was met with disappointment at Manchester United. The news dashed their hopes of securing Xavi's services, forcing them to explore alternative options for their managerial position. With the uncertainty surrounding ten Hag's future at Old Trafford, United will now have to shift their focus to other potential candidates.

Barcelona, on the other hand, welcomed Xavi's decision to stay for another season. For President Joan Laporta and his team, securing Xavi's services for at least another 12 months was a significant achievement. With stability at the managerial helm, Barcelona can now focus on their objectives with renewed confidence and continuity.

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