Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font admitted he was speaking to Xavi “more than his wife” as the race to succeed Josep Maria Bartomeu intensified.
Font is one of four men still in contention for Barcelona’s presidency after the quartet each garnered the required 2,250 supporting signatures. The election takes place on January 24.
Font has named Xavi at the forefront of his plans if elected, previously claiming the former Barcelona midfielder will succeed Ronald Koeman as manager. However, he has since adjusted those plans, with Xavi initially being recruited as “managing director”.
“I talk more with Xavi than with my wife these days,” Font told Mundo Deportivo. “We are talking about a lot of things. Yesterday I gave him the photo of the signing ceremony, in which I carried the box with the number six. He asks how the campaign is going, but also on other issues. ”
The presidential candidate added that Xavi’s relationship with former teammate Lionel Messi could be crucial in persuading the Argentine to stay at Camp Nou.
“Messi explained it, he ideally wants to stay here and finish his sporting career at Barca,” Font said. “Before the summer, when the great frustration was what he had always said and commented that the most important condition for him is to have a winning and competitive project.
“We have a winning and competitive project, with people like Xavi, in which, once again, the trust and credibility of the different assets of a project are fundamental.
“This credibility and this relationship between Xavi and Messi exists, which is why I think this is one of the main reasons and guarantees that Messi will feel very comfortable with our project and we will have many options to continue. . ”