‘Xavi to Barca only a matter of time’

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ESPN Barcelona correspondent Sam Marsden told Sky Sports News:

“Xavi would be perfect because he’s loved by the fans, he’s seen as the second coming of Pep Guardiola if you will. The central midfielder who was key to the Guardiola side and this Cruyff philosophy and how Barca believe they should be playing.

“From what I’ve seen and speaking to people in Qatar, obviously it’s a completely different level from La Liga but it seems his team does play that way. Santi Cazorla plays under Xavi and said he is radical in his beliefs, and that’s what Barca think they want, we’ll see if it works with these young players.

“Everything is pointing towards Xavi. Joan Laporta is holding talks with him today (Thursday), it looks like a matter of time before Xavi is appointed now.

“It looks like a good fit. If you look at Barcelona’s midfield, at Pedri, Gavi, they’ve got the basis of a midfield for the next 10 years with Frenkie de Jong as well.

“De Jong is someone who believes Xavi can take his game to the next level, there was a feeling he has not perhaps reached the next level many expected.

“If you look at that midfield, with Xavi’s emphasis on possession, position and pressing game, he has the players there for the next few years, if he can nurture and develop them he could have a really good team.”

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