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New Barca coach Setien must bring style as well as silverware

New Barca coach Setien must bring style as well as silverware”

Grau and Abidal had returned to Barcelona on Sunday after spending the weekend in Qatar, where they had offered the job to Xavi, only for the club's iconic former midfielder to indicate he was not ready to come immediately.

Making life even more hard for Valverde as he starts the week confronted by headlines is the news that striker Luis Suarez is expected to be sidelined for around four months after undergoing knee surgery.

It would also be a daunting task to join Barcelona mid-season.

Barca are also into the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Napoli. "But if he says no, he may be criticised for refusing to return home".

In two and a half years as Barcelona coach, Valverde won two LaLiga Santander titles, one Supecopa de Espana and one Copa del Rey.

Doubts had surrounded Valverde for several months and were underpinned by two disastrous exits from the Champions League.

The recent elimination from the Spanish Super Cup after their defeat against Atletico Madrid has reignited a long due concern of millions of Barcelona fans, the sacking of Ernesto Valverde.

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Valverde reported at Barcelona's training base three hours before training on Monday morning for what could be his final day in the role.

"I'm focussing on Al-Sadd. My idea is to continue playing next year, I still get a lot of excitement from it and this year I've enjoyed everything". During the year we have been talking some times. And they were here to check on Ousmane Dembele. "We don't really talk much, but the relationship is good with the president, the same as when I was here".

But Barcelona is different, it views success through a different prism, which is why the future of coach Ernesto Valverde is uncertain, according to numerous reports.

French global and Barcelona forward Dembele has been in Qatar for treatment on a hamstring injury.

Setien will be presented in a press conference at Camp Nou at 14:30 local time (15:30 SA time) on Tuesday.

After an emotional farewell, he joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015 before being appointed coach last July.

Barcelona return to domestic action on Sunday against Granada, and it appears increasingly likely that the club will soon have to step up their search for a new manager.



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