Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has again stated Al Sadd coach Xavi isn't ready for the Blaugrana job.
Election rival Victor Font has stated he'll find a place at the club for the Barca legend should he win. While pulling back from claims of replacing current coach Ronald Koeman with Xavi, Font insists there would be a place for him, whether that be as an assistant coach or sporting director.
But Laporta has hit out at Font's claims, insisting Xavi isn't ready for the job. Indeed, he says the same for Jordi Cruyff, who was mooted to be part of Font's ticket, though stated he believed his late father, Johan Cruyff, would have voted for Laporta in the looming election.
And Laporta, quoted by RAC1 via Le 10 Sport, says: "Xavi? We will see if it matches. It's not about getting wet or not. Xavi was used for a campaign. And when I see that there are people who say that he will be general manager, I think he is being abused.
"We have had great experiences with him. And the Xavi case, I see it like that. I'm not going to use him."
Indeed, Laporta insists appointing Xavi as head coach at this stage in his burgeoning career could do irreparable damage to his coaching long-term. Something he argues is the same case for former Barca striker Jordi, despite his work in Israel, China and South America as a sporting director.
He continued: "What I will never do is endanger the career of someone like Xavi or Jordi Cruyff. The time will come to integrate them. In Xavi's case, he's just transitioned from player to coach, and in Jordi's case, he's made the transition from player to coach and technical secretary. But I would not put his career in danger."
- updated March 3