Following Barca’s 5-3 defeat at home to Villarreal on Saturday night, Xavi announced that he will step down as head coach the end of the season.
‘I think the club needs a change of dynamic,’ said Xavi.
‘For the good of the players, I believe that they will free themselves. We play with a lot of tension.
‘For the good of the board of directors, it is best that I leave. I will give my best. I think all of that will help the dynamic change. This is the message I would like to give. I think I am doing the right thing.’
Romero claims that Arteta will now be on Barcelona’s managerial shortlist alongside the elite coaches represented by Jorge Mendes, Julian Nagelsmann and potentially Jurgen Klopp, who announced on Friday that he is leaving Liverpool at the end of the season.
Barcelona have been admirers of Arteta for several years, with the Arsenal manager linked with becoming manager after the club sacked Ronald Koeman in October 2021.
Arteta signed a new contract less than a year later, which keeps him tied to Arsenal until the summer of 2025.
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