Hansi Flick, the former German coach, is taking Spanish language courses, with the hope that he will be the future coach of the Barcelona team, informs the German newspaper Bild.
Xavi Hernandez will leave Barcelona at the end of the season
Aged 58, Flick is currently free of contract after parting ways with his country's national team. He previously prepared the Bayern Munich team, with which he achieved the triple championship-German Cup-Champions League in 2020.
The current coach of Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez, recently announced that he has decided to resign after the end of this season.
“On June 30, I will leave the technical bench, it is a decision I made with the president of the club, with the staff. I think the situation deserves a change of course and quality. I hope my departure will calm things down, I can see that there is a lot of tension in the team, and this is known during the game. We can't go on like this“, Xavi declared at the end of last month, after the failure suffered on Barca's home ground in the match against Villarreal (score 3-5).
La Liga title holders Barcelona are currently third in the table, eight points behind leaders Real Madrid. During January, the Catalan side were knocked out of the Spanish Cup by Athletic Bilbao after being beaten by “eternal rival” Real Madrid in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, in Riyadh.
Apart from Hansi Flick, on the list of the president of the Barcelona club, Joan Laporta, there are also the Italian-Brazilian Thiago Motta and the Mexican Rafa Marquez, according to the Spanish media.
Bild also writes that Deco, Barca's sports director, contacted Flick, on behalf of Laporta, to inform him that he is on the short list of candidates for the position of coach of the Catalan team.