Barcelona’s head coach, Xavi Hernandez, has extended his contract with the club, committing to stay until June 2025, with the option for an additional year, as confirmed by the club on Friday.
Xavi, a former Barcelona midfielder, took the reins as head coach in 2021 during challenging circumstances. Despite this, he led the team to victory in La Liga, securing their first league title since 2019, and also secured the Spanish Super Cup during the previous season.
In a press conference before Barcelona’s match against Celta Vigo, Xavi reflected on his tenure, stating, “We arrived at a difficult time, in unfavorable circumstances. Last year we won two important titles. We’re in a process of transition.”
Xavi expressed his satisfaction with the team’s recent performances, noting that they had just played “their two best matches” since he took charge. These impressive performances included 5-0 victories over both Real Betis in La Liga and Royal Antwerp in the Champions League group stage.
Xavi assumed the role of head coach from Ronald Koeman, returning to the club two years after retiring as a player. Under his guidance, Barcelona secured 60 victories out of 96 matches in all competitions.
Currently, Barcelona holds the second position in La Liga, trailing Real Madrid by two points.
This contract extension signifies the club’s confidence in Xavi’s leadership and his vision for Barcelona’s future as they continue their journey through a period of transition and renewal.