It's official! Flick replaces Xavi as Barcelona coach

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner
  • Updated: 29 May 2024 13:08 BST
  • 3 min read
Hansi Flick, Barcelona

Barcelona have announced that they have parted company with head coach Xavi Hernandez by mutual consent, with Hansi Flick already named as his successor.

The club legend leaves after two-and-a-half seasons with the club, during which he won LaLiga on one occasion.

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He oversaw 143 matches in total, with Barca picking up victories in 91 of those. Only 29 ended in defeat.

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In a statement published by the Camp Nou outfit on Wednesday, they state: "FC Barcelona and Xavi Hernandez Creus have reached an agreement to sever the contract the coach and his staff had with the Club until the end of the 2024/25 season

"The Club wishes to publicly thank Xavi and the rest of his coaching staff for their commitment, dedication and generosity, and for their help in reaching an agreement to sever the contract. Furthermore, we wish him success in the future on both a personal and professional level. "

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Flick to replace Xavi

Former Bayern Munich and Germany head coach Hansi Flick has agreed to take over from Xavi, with Barcelona confirming the news shortly after announcing Xavi's departure.

The club released a statement indicating: "FC Barcelona and Hansi Flick have reached an agreement for the German to become men’s first team football coach until 30 June 2026. The new coach has signed a contract at the Club’s offices accompanied by FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta; first vice president responsible for the sporting area, Rafa Yuste and the Club’s sporting director, Anderson Luis de Souza, Deco."

Sport reports that Flick has agreed a contract with Barcelona that will see him earn €3 million per year, which is said to be a discount because of the club's difficult financial position.

On top of this, the German is in line to receive a bonus of €1 million if he wins the Champions League or €750,000 if he can lead Barcelona to LaLiga.

The chief motivation for Flick to move to Barcelona, it is reported, is to win titles and to engage with the grassroots of football once again to develop foundations for the future.

Barca's announcement to appoint the German is expected soon, with many sources indicating that his contract has already been signed.

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