VICTOR FONT has vowed to bring two former favourites back if he takes over as Barcelona president.
The prospective new chief has pledged that Xavi Hernandez and Jordi Cruyff will join the board if he is elected.
Xavi could be back at Barcelona in just a matter of weeksCredit: AFP
Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font has vowed to make him the club’s GM if he wins the electionCredit: Reuters
Carlos Tusquets is currently interim president following the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu, with the upcoming elections to be held on January 24.
And Cruyff – the son of club legend Johan – would be the sporting director.
Xavi, 40, has been linked with a return to Barcelona for months and is believed to have rejected the chance to become manager a year ago when Ernesto Valverde was sacked.
Koeman eventually got the job last summer but has struggled to turn round the fortunes of the La Liga giants.
And it could be bad news for the Dutchman should Font win.
He said last year: “Even if Koeman has a great season, I will not change my plans.
“If I become president, Koeman will not be the coach of Barca in the 2021-22 season.
“Xavi understands that all the puzzles in the club must be put together.
“Who will lead the team will be decided by the board of directors — in our case it will be Xavi.”
Xavi played 767 times for Barcelona between 1998 and 2015 and won 133 caps for the Spanish national team.
He lifted eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey crowns and four Champions League trophies during his time at the Nou Camp as a player.
Cruyff came through the Barca youth system and played for the first team for two years before joining Manchester United in 1996.