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Xavi will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, citing a “lack of respect” and mental exhaustion.

Shortly after Barcelona’s 5-3 loss to Villarreal in the Spanish league left them 10 points behind leaders Real Madrid, Xavi made his announcement on Saturday.

Xavi declared, “I would like to announce that I will no longer be the coach of Barça as of June 30.” “As a supporter of Barcelona, I can’t let this go on; we need a shift in direction and personnel.”

Xavi stated that he “would have made” the decision sooner rather than later, even though the difficult loss to Villarreal set the stage for him to do so. He made the decision “several days ago.” He expressed his hope that his team’s level of stress and tension will lessen as a result of this decision.

“It’s cruel, unpleasant, and you feel like you don’t get the respect you deserve to be the coach of Barcelona,” Xavi said. It drains you, interferes with your emotions and mental well-being to the point where you declare yourself incapable of continuing. My family members are aware of that.
Xavi, who had only lived in Qatar for a short time, took his coaching position back at Barcelona in November 2021. His contract expires at the end of the following season.

The 44-year-old Xavi guided Barcelona to its first league and Super Cup victories in Spain last season—the first since Lionel Messi left the team. In order to assist him in doing that, the team signed players like Robert Lewandowski at great financial risk.

Recently, Barcelona witnessed its two best chances of winning this campaign come away. After losing 4-2 in extra time to Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, Xavi’s team was eliminated from the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. This defeat occurred two weeks after Real Madrid destroyed Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.

Xavi highlighted that he was playing with a number of young players after the Bilbao loss and claimed his players lacked the “maturity” to know how to hold onto leads following the Villarreal fiasco. However, that didn’t seem to make sense given that his starting lineup included both players in their prime—Pedri González and Frenkie de Jong—and veterans like Lewandowski and Ilkay Gundogan.

Next month, Barcelona and Napoli will square off in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Xavi stated that he was still driven to guide the group in what is undoubtedly a long-shot attempt to win a European Cup to cap off his tenure.