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Barcelona presidential candidate pledges return of Xavi & Jordi Cruyff

Ali Rampling
Dec 31, 2020, 4:00 PM GMT
Xavi is part of Victor Font's Barcelona plans
Xavi is part of Victor Font's Barcelona plans | David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font has drawn up a chart detailing what the Barcelona hierarchy would look like should he win the election.

The successor to Josep Maria Bartomeu will be decided on 24 January following the former president's premature resignation in October, and Font is one of a number of candidates who has started to promise big things as part of his election campaign.

Having already insisted that he can persuade Lionel Messi to commit his future to the club, Font has now unveiled his Barcelona hierarchy blueprint - which features a number of familiar faces from the club's past.

As revealed by Font on Twitter, Barcelona great Xavi would take the highest rung on Barcelona's footballing ladder with the title of general manager.

Font had previously suggested that he would install Xavi as first team manager and dismiss Ronald Koeman upon being elected - but this was criticised for being prematurely pessimistic towards Koeman's reign.

The presidential candidate has also drafted in Jordi Cruyff - former Barcelona academy graduate and son of the great Johan Cruyff - as the club's sporting director.

Turns out, he might not have actually mentioned this to Cruyff yet.

The former Barcelona and Manchester United man is currently head coach at Shenzhen F.C, and took to Twitter to insist he was committed to the Chinese Super League side.

"I want to clarify that I am focused on my commitment to Shenzhen FC and am not involved in the electoral process for the Barça presidency," Cruyff wrote.

Five other sections were also drawn up in Font's organisational chart; medical services, physical preparation and physiotherapy, behaviour and psychology, methodology and talent management.

Additionally, the director general of sports would be Juli Lopez, who would be responsible for the club's five different sporting areas: football, basketball, handball, hockey, and indoor football.