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Rumor: Xavi to replace Setien as Barcelona manager

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As per a report, legendary former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has reportedly agreed to replace Quique Setien in the Nou Camp hotseat.

If the reports have anything concrete to them, Xavi Hernandez has agreed to return to the club as manager.

Quique Setien has endured a tough tenure at the helm of the Catalan giants since replacing Ernesto Valverde in January. Speculation has mounted that the club’s board are tempted to wield the axe already.

And according to Mundo Deportivo journalist Franesc Aguilar, a ‘firm agreement’ has been finalized which would see Xavi take up the reins at the end of the season.

It is believed that talisman Lionel Messi and his teammates are satisfied with the sensational appointment. This comes after rumors indicated the Argentine was ready to leave the club once his contract expires next summer.

Xavi currently manages Al-Sadd in Qatar and has been touted to earn £5.4million per year from his new bumper contract. 

He had taken over last summer after bringing an end to his trophy-laden time on the field with the same club. 

However, Barcelona appear to have come knocking once again after ignoring their former player when searching for Valverde’s successor at the beginning of the year. 

Xavi himself admitted days ago that he and his coaching staff are preparing to take charge of Barcelona in the future. That all but puts a little bit of credence to the rumors.

It would all be clear in the coming weeks.

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