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Barcelona President Considers Rangnick as Xavi’s Replacement

Barcelona president Joan Laporta might consider Ralf Rangnick, former Manchester United interim manager, to replace Xavi Hernandez.

This rumor comes from SPORT (via One Football), suggesting Laporta admires Rangnick as he searches for Xavi’s successor.

Xavi announced his departure at season’s end, leaving Laporta seeking a new coach.

While Rangnick’s Manchester United stint was rocky (6th place, 11 wins, 9 defeats in 29 games), he currently leads the Austrian national team.

He even qualified them for Euro 2024. This association with German football aligns with Laporta’s reported interest in coaches from that school.

However, Rangnick might not be the frontrunner. Barcelona has also been linked with established names like Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

Reports suggest they might prioritize experience, making Rangnick’s chances slimmer.

Additionally, his Austrian contract lasts two years, and he likely wants to lead them in Euro 2024.

Xavi’s exit reflects Barcelona’s struggles. They sit third in La Liga, 10 points behind rivals Real Madrid.

Finding a suitable replacement is crucial for their future success.