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Xavi Agrees to Replace Quique Setien as New Manager of the Club for £5.4 Million Deal

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Xavi Agrees to Replace Quique Setien as New Manager of the Club for £5.4 Million Deal

Xavi is set to become Barcelona manager from the beginning of next season, with a report in Spain claiming he’s already agreed to take over from Quique Setien.

Things at Barcelona are not in a good place right now, having recently lost top spot in La Liga to their rivals Real Madrid, and on Thursday night it was reported that Lionel Messi was ready to leave the club after next season.

However, the club may already be taking steps to try and keep the forward, according to Mundo Deportivo journalist Francesc Aguilar, the Barcelona icon ‘Xavi’ has agreed to take over the club next season.

The tweets from Aguilar say the former Barca midfielder doesn’t want to take over until after the Champions League in August but there is an agreement in principle.

“In the agreement between Barça and Xavi to train the Barça club from next season, the calls of several important members of the squad would have had great weight, asking Xavi to take the step, who had his full support.” Aguilar tweeted.

Quique Setién, is a Spanish professional football manager and former player who is the manager of La Liga club Barcelona. As a player, he played in the central midfield position.

Setien, 61, has been under intense pressure since replacing Ernesto Valverde in January, and there are speculations that the club’s board have already decided to sack him in order to pave the way for Xavi. 

According to Mundo Deportivo, a “firm agreement” has been finalized and it would see Barcelona pay Xavi, 40, a bumper £5.4million per year. He is expected to take up the reins at the end of the season.   

Part of the reports yesterday about Messi’s potential departure centered on the lack of a successful project on the pitch and some claimed the Argentine wanted either Xavi or Ronald Koeman as the next manager.

Seeing his former teammate, and the man who helped assist him on a lot of occasions, become the new boss could help persuade the club’s all time top scorer to stay beyond next summer.

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Nigerian Striker, Odion Ighalo’s Future at Manchester United is Shaky

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Nigerian Striker, Odion Ighalo’s future at Manchester United is Shaky

The Nigerian Striker, Odion Ighalo’s future at Manchester United is Shaky as Shanghai Shenhua has ordered Ighalo’s return to training next week Monday.

The parent Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua where ighalo belongs has ordered him to return for full training with the club at the end of this month, when his loan deal with Manchester United expires.

Ighalo joined Manchester United on the last day of January, securing a loan move till the end of the season, and United were desperate to keep a hold of him following his good performances for the club but the Coronavirus imposed football break has changed the landscape of things.

As it is now, unless Manchester United are willing to make full contract negotiations with Shanghai Shenhua, Ighalo will be forced to return to China for the start of the Chinese football league season.

Although Ighalo wanted to stay at Manchester United despite receiving a lower salary than what he is used to at Shanghai, Shanghai Shenhua have rejected United’s requests to keep Ighalo at Old Trafford for another three months.

According to Daily Mail UK, Shanghai have the final say and are determined to get Ighalo back, having offered the former Watford player a two-year contract extension until 2024 on improved terms of £400,000 a week.

United paid a £3m loan fee for Ighalo at the end of January and have also been contributing £130,000 to his weekly wages, even though they haven’t played in two-and-a-half months.

Having initially taken him on loan until May 31, they want to keep Ighalo until the end of August when the season is now expected to finish, but Shanghai have refused to budge in negotiations.

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Barcelona coach ‘Quique Setien’ Reacts to Lionel Messi’s Statement About His Coaching Style

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Barcelona coach ‘Quique Setien’ Reacts to Lionel Messi’s Statement About His Coaching Style

Quique Setien, the barcelona’s Coach has reacted to Lionel Messi’s statement; “we can’t win Champions League playing as we have been playing”. He defended his tactical philosophy after the superstar footballer made that statement.

In a recent interview with Sport, the Argentinian star said: ‘It is not possible to win it by playing as we have been playing. My opinion is based on the fact that I was lucky to play the Champions League every year.’

Reacting to Lionel Messi’s comment about his style, Setien said:  ‘Messi’s words I think have created a big debate.’

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‘We are convinced that we can win the Champions League. We have to improve some things, but without a doubt we are convinced that the team has the potential to win the Champions League.

‘We can win it. We are convinced we can win the Champions League, of course we can,’ Setien told beIN Sports.

Setien took over from Ernesto Valverde in January and has been hoping to deliver Barca’s first Champions League since 2015.

Lionel Messi and his teammates suffered three consecutive quarter-final defeats before Liverpool inflicted another major blow last term. In the semi-final first leg, Barca defeated Liverpool 3 -0 at Nou Camp, but in the second leg at Anfield, Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks as they hit Barca 4 – 0 without a reply.

The win for Liverpool, ended the Real Madrid’s dominance in 2019 after they had won three-straight Champions League titles after the Catalans’ 2015 triumph.

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Nigerian Paralympic Gold Medalist ‘Esther Oyema’ Bags 4years Ban for Violating Anti-doping Rules

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Nigerian Paralympic Gold Medalist ‘Esther Oyema’ Bags 4years Ban for Violating Anti-doping Rules

38-year-old Nigerian para powerlifter and Paralympic gold medalist, Esther Oyema gets 4 year ban for violating the anti-doping rules.

In a statement released on Wednesday May 20, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said Oyema will be disqualified from all IPC’s competitions from May 3, 2019 to May 2, 2023.

The ban stemmed from an “adverse analytical finding for a prohibited substance in a urine sample provided on January 28, 2019 after competing at the Lagos International Para Powerlifting Competition in Nigeria last year.”

Oyema who won gold at London 2012 Olympics in the women’s 48kg category, will also be stripped of the gold medal which she won in the women’s 55kg competition in Lagos.

The statement reads in part;

“As a result of her violation, Oyema will be ineligible for competition for four years from 3 May 2019 to 2 May 2023.

“She has also been stripped of the gold medal which she won in the women’s up to 55kg competition in Lagos, together with any points and prizes. Each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample.

“An ADRV occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

“As a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), the IPC remains committed to a doping-free sporting environment at all levels. The IPC, together with the International Federations and the National Paralympic Committees, established the IPC Anti-Doping Code (the Code) to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play. The Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.”

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