MX23RW : Sunday, June 16 15:55:51| >> :60:1536:1536:

Xavi 'to hold talks with Premier League giants after Barcelona sacking'

Xavi 'to hold talks with Premier League giants after Barcelona sacking'
© Reuters
Chelsea are reportedly preparing to meet with outgoing Barcelona manager Xavi over the possibility of the Spaniard taking charge at Stamford Bridge next season.

Xavi is reportedly set to hold talks with a Premier League team following his imminent departure from Barcelona.

The 44-year-old has endured a chaotic second half of the season at the Spanish giants, with the Barca head coach revealing in January that he would be leaving the club at the conclusion of the campaign.

Despite this, a number of discussions with the club's hierarchy managed to persuade Xavi to reverse his decision, with the former Spain international opting to stay put, as announced in April.

However, just 30 days after that announcement, it was confirmed that Barcelona had opted to part ways with Xavi, ending his two-and-a-half-year spell as manager at the Catalan club.

Since making the high-profile return to Barca from Qatari outfit Al-Sadd in November 2021, Xavi has managed 142 competitive matches, winning on 90 occasions, guiding the club to La Liga supremacy over Real Madrid during the 2022-23 term.

Co-owner and Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly reacts after the match on March 11, 2024© Reuters

Chelsea plan Xavi talks?

According to Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida, Xavi could be in line for a swift return to management following his exit from Barcelona.

The report claims that Premier League club Chelsea are interested in making the 44-year-old the new man in charge at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2024-25 campaign.

It is understood that the capital club will meet with Xavi and his representatives over the possibility of joining the club this summer, with the Blues in search of a new head coach.

Despite a five-game winning run in the Premier League to round off a resurgent second half to the term, Chelsea decided to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season.

The Blues' incoming head coach will have a talented crop of young players to select from as they prepare to fight on the continental stage in the revamped Europa Conference League.

Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca celebrates after the match on February 13, 2024© Reuters

Alternative candidates for the Chelsea job

Although Chelsea are heading into discussions with Xavi over the vacant managerial position, the Spaniard is not the only person in the frame to become the new boss at Stamford Bridge.

It is believed that the Blues are set to make an official approach for Leicester City head coach Enzo Maresca, who enjoyed a title-winning campaign in the Championship with the Foxes this year.

The acquisition of the Italian would not be cheap, though, with the 44-year-old having an £8.5m release clause in his current contract at the King Power Stadium.

As well as Maresca and most recently Xavi, Brentford's Thomas Frank and Ipswich Town's Kieran McKenna have also been linked to the top job in West London.

ID:544565:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect4543:

Next Chelsea manager - Click here for more stories

Click here for more stories about Xavi

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca during the match on December 18, 2023
Read Next:
Chelsea 'to make official Maresca approach amid release clause issue'
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.
rhs 2.0
Euro 2024 fixtures header
Sunday, June 16
 
5pm
Monday, June 17
 
2pm
 
5pm
 
8pm
Tuesday, June 18
 
5pm
Wednesday, June 19
 
2pm
 
5pm
 
8pm
Thursday, June 20
 
2pm
 
5pm
 
8pm
Group Stage
Spain
vs.
Italy
Friday, June 21
 
2pm
 
5pm
 
8pm
Saturday, June 22
 
5pm
 
8pm
Sunday, June 23
 
8pm
 
8pm
Monday, June 24
 
8pm
 
8pm
Tuesday, June 25
 
5pm
 
5pm
 
8pm
 
8pm
Wednesday, June 26
 
5pm
 
5pm
 
8pm
 
8pm
Saturday, June 29
Sunday, June 30
Monday, July 1
Tuesday, July 2
Friday, July 5
Saturday, July 6
Tuesday, July 9
Wednesday, July 10
Sunday, July 14
Tables header RHS

Group A

TeamPWDLPTS
1 Germany Germany11003
2 Switzerland Switzerland11003
3 Hungary Hungary10010
4 Scotland flag Scotland10010

Group B

TeamPWDLPTS
1 Spain Spain11003
2 Italy Italy11003
3 Albania national flag Albania10010
4 Croatia Croatia10010

Group C

TeamPWDLPTS
1 Denmark Denmark00000
2 England flag England00000
3 Serbia Serbia00000
4 Slovenia Slovenia00000

Group D

TeamPWDLPTS
1 Netherlands Netherlands11003
2 Austria Austria00000
3 France France00000
4 Poland Poland10010

Group E

TeamPWDLPTS
1 Belgium Belgium00000
2 Romania Romania00000
3 Slovakia Slovakia00000
4 Ukraine Ukraine00000

Group F

TeamPWDLPTS
1 Czech Republic Czech Republic00000
2 Georgia Georgia00000
3 Portugal Portugal00000
4 Turkey Turkey00000


Sports Mole provides in-depth previews and predictions for every match from the biggest leagues and competitions in world football.
Argentina's Lionel Messi kisses the World Cup trophy after collecting the Golden Ball award on December 18, 2022Sign up for our FREE daily preview newsletter direct to your inbox!