FC Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has been denied entry to the United States and will as a result not sign up for the Catalans on their approaching American preseason tour as items stand.
The Blaugrana flew out to the US at 14.30 CEST on Saturday and will enjoy four friendlies around the Atlantic beginning with a July 19 come across versus Inter Miami at the DRV PNK Stadium.
The La Liga giants then go west to take on bitter rivals Actual Madrid in a Las Vegas Clasico at the Allegiant Stadium household of NFL franchise the Las Vegas Raiders on July 24, in what is their initial assembly on American soil since Barca won 3-2 at Miami’s Difficult Rock Stadium in 2017.
A few times after the Madrid showdown, Juventus await at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas prior to the tour ends in New York on July 30 when the Blaugrana encounter the New York Pink Bulls at the Red Bull Arena.
And nevertheless it has now been confirmed that Frenkie de Jong will head over the pond soon after studies that he would be excluded from the trip for not entertaining a go to Manchester United, his existing mentor Xavi will at the moment not be equipped to command him through what could be the Dutchman’s ultimate outings for the club.
According to Television3, Xavi has been denied an American visa thanks to travel activities he carried out when managing Al-Sadd – in what was to start with managerial function just before having around the reins at his boyhood outfit very last November when previous mentor Ronald Koeman was fired.
Though main Al-Sadd in Qatar, Xavi frequented Iran extra than a few moments which has reportedly not been looked on favorably by US immigration.
Who will now take care of Barca in the States would seem unclear at the instant, and Xavi looks at hazard of not getting in charge for the madien matches of new signings Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski.
When Raphinha arrived in Barcelona from Leeds United midweek and was unveiled on Friday, Lewandowski is on the way to Miami for a health-related this weekend and will hopefully then sign his agreement to comprehensive a €50mn ($50.4mn) move from Bayern Munich.
In accordance to some outlets, nonetheless, Xavi could ultimately url up with the relaxation of the squad if he obtains particular permission from US authorities.