Xavi staying? Barcelona's stance revealed!

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In January this year, fans with Barcelona tickets were surprised by the announcement from their beloved manager, Xavi, that he would be stepping down.

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The former Barcelona great took over the club at a very dark phase of its existence and anchored a turnaround that eventually saw the club win La Liga last season.
But since then, things haven't been smooth, with the club faltering in the league to stay consistent. However, those with Barcelona tickets for the Champions League would not agree, as the club is now in a Champions League quarterfinal for the first time since Messi's departure.
While the word was out for a replacement for Xavi, it looks like the club is open to continuing with the existing manager.
According to SPORT, which cited anonymous sources, Barca has paused the search for a new coach.
Xavi Announcement
Xavi announced that he would step down from his role in late January at the start of a press conference after the club lost 5-3 to Villareal in the Montjuic Stadium.
A management change should happen on the 30th of June, and clubs usually have their replacements finalized by then.
But Barcelona still needs to find a possible suitor. The FC Barcelona manager is one of the most respected jobs in European football.
Several candidates were rumored to take the place, including Hansi Flick, Thomas Tuchel, and a probably out-of-reach Robert De Zerbi, thanks to his unaffordable release clause at Brighton.
Media reports from Barcelona earlier reported that there was a deadline to appoint a successor by March and that Barcelona would fold for one of the potential suitors.
But a lot has happened since.
Since then, Barca has qualified for the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2020.
And though it will meet an outfit that Xavi described as "one of the worst teams" it could be drawn against in Paris Saint-Germain, there is an increased sense of positivity in the club to make it work.
Vice president Rafa Yuste has also stressed that he wants Xavi to stay on after Barca knocked out Napoli in the last 16 and is confident that the Catalans can get the job done at the expense of the Ligue 1 giants.
The club has found a new wave of energy, knowing that they can reach the final if they get through the PSG test. With Barca thrashing Atletico 3-0, momentum is at a record high.
Providing the Rojiblancos get past Borussia Dortmund">Borussia Dortmund, they will meet the winners of Barca-PSG with a $55 million payday on the line for the Spanish side that advances furthest on the continent because of the guarantee of participation in the FIFA Club World Cup next year.
While the league conquest is out of discussion, fans with Barcelona tickets now have new hope. With Xavi still set to continue, it comes as a form of consolation that the club is continuing its efforts.
One of Barcelona's biggest strengths has always been its academy. Over the years, several greats have made their way to the big stage through the academy.
Even today, this statement is valid, as Barca is reliant on its academy talents to take the team forward. Understanding the impact, Barca president Joan Laporta sent out a strong message in support of the CLBU's youngsters and how they will play a key role in the years to come.
Lamine Yamal, Pau Cubarsi, Fermin Lopez, and Hector Fort have all impacted Xavi's team and Laporta's assured supporters, who are a big part of the club's future. Yamal has been impressed beyond limits, breaking one record after another and entering the history books as a young goalscorer.
"We count on them for everything. The basis of next season's team will be the same," he told Mundo Deportivo.
"If we achieve the objectives, we do not have to make any sales unless there are players who do not want to continue because they have not participated enough."
For Barcelona, which is still in the mix of a Financial Fair Play inquiry and is cash-strapped, having young talents emerging and being match-ready is a consolation.
The youngster has gained popularity and fame all around the football world with his skill, and suitors are lining up for him daily.
President Joan Laporta claimed that he rejected several offers for the youngster, the most recent being for €200 million.
There's been speculation that Paris Saint-Germain could splash out €200 million or a near equivalent fee to land the teenager. Laporta reckons a staggering bid has already been made, as reported by Sport.
With Kylian Mbappe set to leave PSG, PSG was interested in grooming their next wonder talent, and Yamal would've been the perfect fit.
But Barcelona aren't going to sell.
"We get offers for players like Lamine Yamal for 200 million euros, and we have said no. Because we trust the boy, in his sporting projection, and we do not have the need, on the contrary," said.
A statement from Laporta motivates the youngster and the fans with Barcelona tickets, as they know their future is rock solid.
"We have had offers for Alejandro Balde, Fermín, very important Gavi, Pedri, De Jong, Araujo... But we do not want to sell them. The only way with these that I have told you would be at 1,000 million in income."
Barcelona, however, lost their cream talent to PSG with the exit of Neymar, which ended up being the record for the highest transfer ever.
PSG activated his release clause of €222m to bring the Brazilian to the club.
Since then, Barca has taken care to insert huge €1bn clauses in new contracts for key players such as Araujo, Pedri, Gavi, and Yamal.
Other youngsters like Marc Casado and Marc Guiu have also played this season. At the same time, there's plenty of talent at Barca Atletic, with youngsters including Unai Fernandez, Pau Prim, Marc Bernal, and Mikayil Faye all tipped for bright futures.