FC Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has confirmed his contract renewal ahead of Saturday’s La Liga clash with Celta Vigo.
Reports had already broken explaining how the legendary midfielder had put pen to paper on fresh terms, and the development was confirmed by the man himself in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“The renewal has been agreed for days and will be announced shortly. I already said it was done. It will be announced soon. I don’t know when, but soon,” Xavi answered when first broached on the subject.
“We arrived at a very difficult time, with very difficult sporting, economic and psychological circumstances,” Xavi recalled of the era during which he was appointed in November 2021.
“We have worked very well from the presidency to the sports direction [department]. It is a process of construction and training, but we are competing and playing good games.
“This should be the season of confirmation in terms of play and results. I, personally, feel very confident. I feel strong in this regard. The staff is grateful and the players are enjoying themselves. We are on the right track, but we can’t stop having humility and [need to keep working],” the 43-year-old.
Preferring to reflect afterwards and let performances on the pitch do the talking, Xavi pointed out that he is “not going to win anything by saying it can be a great season”.
“This is about competing every three days and going step by step. We have two excellent matches and, now, the main objective is to maintain the level of play and results. It’s no use making forecasts.”
As for Vitor Roque, Barca’s €30 million ($32 million) signing from Athletico Paranaense who left the pitch with a horrible injury picked up against Internacional on Thursday night, Xavi said that the club is “in permanent contact with doctors in Brazil”.
“Let’s see. Bojan [Krkic] will be in charge from now on, of monitoring players on loan or with repurchase options.”
Lastly on loanee Joao Felix, who is in fine form but will cost €80 million ($85 million) to buy permanently from Atletico Madrid according to Mundo Deportivo, Xavi remarked that it is still “early” to say whether Barca should press ahead with a potential purchase.
“We are delighted with how Joao Felix has come. I see [Joao] Cancelo in the same situation.
“They are enjoying themselves and they are helping us a lot. In the world of football everything can change in a day, but I hope they will continue like this until the end of the season,” Xavi concluded.