Julian Nagelsmann and Xavi have talked about the Barcelona job opportunity.
Nagelsmann had a lot to say – “I keep in touch with Alfred [Schreuder – current Barcelona assistant coach], but not only since it has been made public,” the 33-year-old German coach told reporters.
“It is simply because he was my assistant manager [at Hoffenheim], and we have a great relationship. We message each other every now and then but mainly talk about personal topics and not about any other things.
“I don’t think the players are interested in all this, so they don’t ask about it. I think it’s normal in football that such things are being written from time to time.
“For example, Sabi [Marcel Sabitzer] was linked with Tottenham for a long time, but I didn’t talk to him about it once.
“I know he gives his best all the time and you can use any player as an example for that. This is normal in football. No one has asked me about this yet.”
Xavi reported that he has had talks with Laporta, the new president.
“Laporta is a good friend, I know him well,” said Xavi. “He’s the best president that I’ve had. Barcelona will return to the top in terms of sporting results and economically.
“There are problems to resolve but he can do it all. I wish him the best. I’m in contact with him and I’m very happy.”