Joan Laporta reveals he calls Xavi frequently after Barcelona games

By Amreen
Laporta has revealed he talks to Xavi regularly
Laporta has revealed he talks to Xavi regularly / KARIM JAAFAR/GettyImages

Joan Laporta has revealed he speaks regularly with Xavi after Barcelona's matches as the former midfielder continues to be linked with the hot seat at Camp Nou.

Ronald Koeman was let go by Barca earlier this week following their loss to Rayo Vallecano in LaLiga - a result that left the Catalan giants ninth on the league table.

Xavi has previously been linked to the managerial role at Barca, and while Laporta has insisted the Al-Sadd coach isn't the only candidate, the club president did admit he speaks with the former player often.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Laporta said: "I will keep my reserve regarding the options we have and I don't want to jeopardise the negotiations, I know that Xavi's name is coming up, but there are other options.

"My opinion of Xavi as a coach is that he is fine, he is in an interesting process. I have very good references, I speak with him very often and I know his opinion about the team, but they are confidential conversations between friends.

"You could say that we have seen Barca games together because we call each other when they finish."

He added: "We appreciate each other and my opinion of him is very good. I have always said that one day he would coach Barca.

"I trust the people around me. We will see how everything evolves. Whoever comes will have our full support, but also the highest demands, I have always said that at Barca there are no transitional years."

Laporta added that it was a mistake to stick by Koeman for so long. "Probably, yes," he said. "Looking back it is easy to analyse, we felt Koeman deserved confidence to recover some injured players and it was a way to motivate the manager.

"I looked for some positives. Probably we had to make an earlier decision, I assume the responsibilities of this decision."