Barcelona Xavi Says He Has No Regret Being Sacked

Outgoing Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez said on Saturday that he was happy of his accomplishments with the club and looked forward to being a fan again as he prepares to coach his final game against Sevilla after being fired 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.

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“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.

Barcelona’s poor season prompted Xavi to announce in January that he would quit at the end of this season.

However, after meetings in April at the residence of club president Joan Laporta, he agreed to stay – subject to a number of unstated club requirements.

Then, four weeks after declaring that their former midfielder would honour the final year of his contract and guide them through the following season, Laporta changed his mind and fired the coach after a season without any silverware.

On Saturday, Xavi reiterated that the club was having troubles. Similar statements reportedly irritated Laporta early 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 joined Barcelona on a three-year contract following the departure of another club veteran, Dutchman Ronald Koeman, at the end of 2021.

Xavi is a product of Barcelona’s renowned La Masia youth academy, which he joined at the age of 11.

As a player, he won 31 trophies for Barcelona and Spain, including the 2010 World Cup, two European Championships, eight LaLiga, and four Champions League crowns.

As a manager, however, after winning LaLiga in his first full season in charge, he was unable to overcome a stuttering season this year as fierce rivals Real Madrid closed in on a LaLiga-Champions League double.

Barcelona was humiliated by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final in January, knocked out of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals by Athletic Bilbao, and eliminated from the Champions League by Paris St Germain in the last eight.

To add to Barcelona’s anguish, Real will face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium next week.

Xavi could not provide a clear answer as to whether he will forego the money he is owed for the final year of his contract, stating simply that he wants to recuperate and has no ambitions to coach in the near future.

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