Former Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Frexa has urged new coach Xavi to pursue an unlikely move by Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo in order to help the Catalan giants salvage their status as one of the best clubs in Europe. Xavi was confirmed as Barcelona’s new coach on a deal until 2024 last week following a termination agreement with Al Sadd to bring him back to Spain.
The 41-year-old will be tasked with reviving Barcelona’s desperate bid for the La Liga title that appears to have already ended.
The five-time European champion is currently ninth in the league table, 11 points behind its arch-rivals and leaders Real Madrid.
Barcelona has experienced a gradual decline over the past few years which appears to have accelerated in the wake of Lionel Messi’s unexpected departure in pre-season.
They have suffered from a poor start to the season, with former coach Ronald Koeman notching just four La Liga victories and picking up just six points from four Champions League group stage matches.
However, Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s confidence now lies firmly in Xavi as they look to salvage their season over the remaining weeks and months.
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It looks like the duo will be looking to launch a fruitful recruitment campaign in the January transfer window in order to bolster the club’s ranks ahead of the second round of La Liga.
Barcelona’s constant financial struggles have hampered their efforts in the market over the summer, but Freixa suggested that a big-money approach to a certain Real Madrid legend could be the perfect move for Xavi at the turn of the year.
The 53-year-old, who lost to Laporta in Barcelona’s presidential election earlier this year, said laboratoria That a plan to raid United should be considered for Ronaldo, although there is little chance of such a move.
“Ronaldo to Barcelona? If there was ever a time to do this madness, now is the time,” Frixa said.
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Of course, it seems unlikely that Ronaldo will consider the possibility of joining Barcelona due to his strong relationship with Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, United are almost certain to scoff at any inquiries regarding the mercurial 36-year-old, who returned to Old Trafford on a two-year deal in August.
With Ronaldo in January moving off the table with Barcelona, it remains to be seen how Xavi will approach his first transfer window with the club.
He announced earlier this week that he would look to restore order at the Nou Camp during his time at the helm, and insisted he would take inspiration from Pep Guardiola’s successful reign in his style in the role.
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“It’s not about getting tough on them, it’s a matter of order,” Chaffee told reporters.
“You have to have rules. When there are rules, things go well. When you aren’t there, things go badly. It’s pretty obvious.”
“In the beginning, it is important that we talk about work, values, respect, behavior and effort. If we do not have these values, we will not have a team. We need to, then we can talk about the model.
“In my opinion, the most important thing is the rules first and then we will decide how we play. I have a good teacher in Guardiola of course.”