Lionel Messi’s text message to Xavi after Barcelona confirm new manager

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Barcelona legend Xavi was announced as the club’s new manager on Monday after the Catalan outfit brought him back to the Camp Nou after a seven-year hiatus. And after the announcement, Xavi revealed that former team-mate and global star Lionel Messi texted him with a good luck message after taking over at the Blaugrana.

Having played for Qatari side Al-Sadd for four seasons after leaving Barcelona in 2015, the Spaniard took over the managerial role at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.

His two-and-a-half-year spell as boss went extremely well, and he impressed in the Middle East after winning a league and cup double last season.

Given the troubles that have occurred at Barcelona over the summer, with star man and definitive club legend Messi departing alongside financial issues, it was left to Ronald Koeman to clean up the mess.

Yet the Dutchman failed to do so, and after a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano in October left the club ninth in the table, he was sacked.

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Xavi has come in to replace Koeman on the back of his success and he revealed that former team-mate Messi has wished him a good luck message after embarking on his new adventure.

“Leo Messi texted me to wish the best of luck,” Xavi said.

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“He’s incredible but he’s not here as Eto’o or Ronaldinho.

“We’ve to think about the future, not about players who’re no longer here at Barca”.

Xavi rejoins the Nou Camp as Barcelona’s second-highest appearance maker on 767 official appearances, with Messi making just 11 more than him before his move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

Having scored 85 goals in that time and winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League winner’s medals along the way, Xavi will do extremely well to replicate even half of that success at Barcelona.

But in a statement to the fans after his appointment, Xavi insists he will do all he can to help drag the club out of the mire.

“Thank you all. I don’t want to get emotional but I am, I feel goosebumps,” he said.

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“This is the biggest club in the world and I’m going to work hard to reach your expectations. Barcelona can’t accept a draw or a defeat. We have to win all the games.

“I come prepared. My DNA didn’t change. We need to take charge, have the ball, create opportunities, be intense. We have a mission to rescue many things that were lost.”

His first game is against local rivals Espanyol after the international break.

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