3 Reasons Why Xavi Has Decided to Leave FC Barcelona Despite Joan Laporta’s Alleged Denial Over Exit

Published 02/01/2024, 1:26 AM EST

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Xavi started this season fresh off a La Liga title and a Super Cup triumph last season. But the club’s form has gone south, as they now sit 4th on the La Liga table. In light of this lackluster campaign, Xavi has decided to leave the Catalan side, come this summer. He took this drastic step despite having a year left in his contract. Besides, club President Joan Laporta allegedly refused to accept the veteran’s resignation and even asked him not to disclose his decision in public. But the 44-year-old now seems hellbent on bidding Laporta and Co. adieu.

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Why is he so convinced to leave? Is it just because of the team’s lackluster run? Turns out, there are more reasons for Xavi to leave than stay.

Here is why Xavi’s doom has dawned at Camp Nou

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  • Being FC Barcelona’s boss is a thankless job

Yes, Xavi feels so. “It is a cruel and unpleasant job. It makes you feel worthless on a daily basis. Pep [Guardiola] had already told me; I saw Luis Enrique suffer,” Xavi said in a recent press conference. Moreover, he also feels underappreciated by the club’s fans, media, and even the club’s directors. The Blaugrana legend also felt isolated after the club replaced some of his allies with the chairman’s friends to occupy key management positions. Furthermore, his equation with sporting director Deco has also reportedly turned sour.

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  • The pressure at Camp Nou is costing Xavi’s mental health

The severe criticism and scrutiny in FC Barcelona also took a toll on the boss’ mental well-being. It did the same to the Spaniard’s family as well. Managing high-profile clubs always comes with such a big downside. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who also decided to leave before Xavi announced his exit, is a testimony to that. “In general, I am not valued. That generates a certain amount of wear and tear, especially when it’s your club,” the 44-year-old said.

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  • Blaugrana shows no sign of improvement

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FC Barcelona’s form has plummeted this season. They lost the Super Cup to arch-rivals Real Madrid. Then, the Athletic Club knocked them out of the Copa del Rey in Quarter Finals. And the club lags eight points behind table toppers Girona, sitting 4th in the La Liga table. Besides, the club’s stars have also failed to bring out their best lately. Robert Lewandowski is not the goal machine he used to be. His teammates have spectacularly failed to pass the ball the way Xavi wants and ended up inviting his wrath.

Xavi feels that the same problems will haunt his successor at the Catalan powerhouse. Anyhow, he also thinks his drastic decision will also be a wake-up call to the team to change the course of things in the La Liga and the UCL. Hence, it is no surprise even Joan Laporta’s alleged rejection could not stop Xavi from departing.

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