L’Equipe announced that the former French defender would be Eric Abidal’s favorite to occupy the position of coach of Barcelona starting next season.
The future of the bank in FC Barcelona it is not defined beyond the month of August. Even if Quique Setién avoided dismissal despite failure to The league, the Cantabrian coach does not look like he will continue during the 2020/21 season. And amid the uncertainty, the prestigious French newspaper L’Equipe assures that the Blaugrana club manages the possibility of hiring Laurent Blanc as a new coach for next year.
According to the French newspaper, the option of the former defender is the favorite of the technical secretariat that Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes command, ahead of that of Ronald Koeman, who the president, Josep María Bartomeu, wants, and which has become complicated by the postponement of the Euro Cup to be played with the Netherlands until mid-2021. In fact, the information indicates that Abidal has great references from his compatriot and direct experience working with him in the French National Team.
The world champion in 1998 has spent years without training since he left his place in Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 but still takes years rejecting proposals from clubs like Seville, Galatasaray or Betis. Even, in this same period, his name sounded to take over Valencia.
The environment of the technician always made it clear that he expected a challenge that would motivate him and that could happen by returning to Barça, where he already lived a stage as a player in the 1996/97 season. His experience as a coach also had him in Bordeaux (2007-2010) and the Selection of his country, between 2010 and 2012.
For his part, the future of Setién has been in question for weeks. Despite the bad move in La Liga, the Catalan institution decided to continue until playing the rematch of the knockout stages of the Champions League against Napoli (and eventual access to the final phase) so as not to further cloud the situation, but only a miraculous victory In the maximum continental competition, he could encourage the Cantabrian to fulfill the following year of his contract before the elections. In fact, its continuity is so chimerical that the club already covers its backs in search of a substitute.
– L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) July 22, 2020
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