Xavi 'proud and calm' after being sacked by Barcelona

May 26, 2024 3:02 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Outgoing Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez said on Saturday he was proud of his achievements with the club and was looking forward to being a fan again, as he prepares to coach his final game against Sevilla after being sacked on Friday.

“I have no regrets. I have tried to do my best. We have worked with a lot of love for this club. I’m a Barca fan for life… It’s an apprenticeship for the future,” Xavi told a press conference on Saturday.

“These are complicated days, they have not been easy, but I’m fine. I have a clear conscience, I’m proud of myself and calm,” he added.

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Barca’s stuttering season led Xavi to say in January that he would resign at the end of this campaign. But after discussions in April at club president Joan Laporta’s home, he agreed to stay on – with a series of unspecified conditions set by the club.

Then, four weeks after confirming their former midfielder would honour the last year of his contract and lead them through next season, Laporta changed his mind and axed the coach after a season with no silverware.

Xavi mentioned again on Saturday that the club faced problems. Similar comments had reportedly annoyed Laporta earlier in the season.

“It has not been an easy time because of the state of the club. I am happy because I have done a good job – we have won two titles, more successes and won important matches,” Xavi said.

The 44-year-old arrived at Barcelona on a three-year deal following the departure of another club legend, Dutchman Ronald Koeman, at the end of 2021.