Former Spurs manager has been heavily tipped to replace Setien as Barcelona manager.
Mauricio Pochettino is now the top candidate to come in as the new manager of Barcelona by replacing under-fire Quique Setien.
Having lost the La Liga title and Copa del Rey, the Champions League was Barca’s last hope for silverware this season.
The humiliating defeat against Bayern Munich made it very clear that the Barcelona board would look for a potential replacement to Quique Setien given that he was already under heavy pressure after a disappointing domestic campaign.
“I know him [Bartomeu] for a long time – before he became chairman of Barcelona,” he said three years ago.
“Our children went to the same school in Barcelona. We spent five minutes together. That was the reality. After that you know the rumour is impossible to stop.
“But I am an Espanyol supporter. I don’t think I need to speak too much.
“It’s like if one day Daniel Levy sacked me – in a few years it would be impossible for me to manage Arsenal.
“In football I know it is so difficult to keep your values and to be loyal – with your heart and emotion.
“But for me before being a manager, before being a player, being loyal is more important.
“I am an Espanyol fan. I love Espanyol. It’s like Tottenham for me now.
“It will be impossible, one day, to move to Arsenal. It will be impossible.