In the wake of Xavi Hernandez’s struggles at FC Barcelona, reports suggest that Jose Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, offered Mourinho’s services to president Joan Laporta. Mourinho, recently dismissed by AS Roma, could potentially replace Xavi. However, Laporta, mindful of Mourinho’s history with Real Madrid and past controversies, reportedly declined the offer. Despite the intriguing possibility, Laporta had previously chosen Pep Guardiola over Mourinho in 2008, ushering in Barca’s golden era.
The speculation adds a layer of uncertainty to Xavi’s position, with other candidates like Thiago Motta and Rafa Marquez also in consideration.
Though Mourinho once famously worked at Camp Nou as the assistant of the late Sir Bobby Robson and then Louis Van Gaal, his stronger association with Real Madrid and controversial conduct as their manager in the early 2010s in and around clashes with Barca meant that Laporta allegedly passed. Mourinho leading Barca is something that we’ll probably never see, but it could have been a reality in 2008 when Laporta instead chose Pep Guardiola to take the reins and usher in the club’s golden era when Xavi, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta were the star players. Get the best of Forbes to your inbox with the latest insights from experts across the globe. Based in Barcelona since 2019 after six years in São Paulo, I have written on these topics at leng.