Xavi Hernandez extends Barcelona coaching stint until 2025 with option for more
Posted : 22 September 2023
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has reached an agreement for a one-year contract extension with the LaLiga champions, extending his tenure until 2025, sources report. This new contract also includes an option for an additional year.
Xavi's existing contract was set to expire next summer, but he had consistently expressed confidence in reaching a new agreement for his continued role.
Negotiations gained momentum after the close of the transfer window earlier this month, and an official announcement is expected in the coming week, according to insiders.
Xavi, aged 43, assumed the role of Barcelona coach in late 2021, transitioning from his early managerial career in Qatar with Al Sadd. In his debut season in charge, he propelled the club from ninth place in the table to a second-place finish, securing Champions League qualification.
The previous season, Xavi led Barcelona to their first LaLiga title since 2019, winning the league with a 10-point lead. Additionally, they triumphed in the Spanish Super Cup, notably defeating Real Madrid 3-1 in the final. However, Barcelona fell short in the Champions League, Europa League, and Copa del Rey competitions.
Throughout his nearly two years as coach, Xavi oversaw a significant squad overhaul, with veterans like Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Gerard Pique departing since his appointment. The club also made experienced acquisitions like Ilkay Gündogan and Robert Lewandowski while integrating young talents such as Ronaldo Araujo, Alejandro Balde, Pedri, Gavi, and Lamine Yamal into more prominent roles.
Recent additions to the squad include João Félix and João Cancelo, which has coincided with convincing 5-0 victories over Real Betis and Antwerp in the Champions League. Xavi has remarked that Barcelona is currently playing their best football since he took charge.
Xavi's illustrious history with Barcelona includes 24 years as a player, with 17 of those years in the first team. During his playing career, he made 767 appearances for the club and won an impressive 25 trophies, including eight LaLiga titles and four Champions League titles.