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Victor Font: 'Xavi can be to Barcelona what Sir Alex Ferguson was to Man United'

:Headline: Victor Font: 'Xavi can be to Barcelona what Sir Alex Ferguson was to Man United':
Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font reiterates his intention to appoint Xavi as manager and believes the club legend could emulate Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font has confirmed his desire to appoint Xavi as manager and believes that the club legend could have a similar impact to that of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Xavi has regularly been linked to the Camp Nou job since hanging up his boots last year, but remains in charge of Qatari side Al-Sadd having turned down the role following the sacking of Quique Setien earlier this summer.

Font has made no secret of his desire to replace Ronald Koeman with the club's all-time record appearance-maker should he win the presidential election, though, and believes that Xavi could go on to emulate Ferguson, who spent a trophy-laden 27 years as manager of Man United.

"We decided he is the best person to lead the project in years to come - that happened four or five years ago when we were starting to define the project," Font told BBC Sport.

"We saw he has unique leadership skills and unique team management skills - he has everything that one needs to take the leadership role off the pitch.

"We see him as a key figure in the project in the years to come, taking more of a general manager type of role. It's what Alex Ferguson was at Manchester United. The hope is that a legend that has all these skills, like Xavi, can play a similar role in the years to come at FC Barcelona."

Xavi spent 24 years as a player at Barcelona, making 767 appearances and helping the club to 25 trophies, including four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles. body check tags ::

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester UnitedMan Utd19124336251140
2Manchester CityMan City18115231131838
3Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
4Liverpool1997337221534
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1896333171633
6Everton1710252821732
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham199552722532
8Aston Villa1792631181329
9Chelsea1985633231029
10Southampton188552621529
11Arsenal198382319427
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace196582233-1123
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
15Burnley185491022-1219
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1954101832-1419
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
18Fulham1826101527-1212
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1925121543-2811
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1912161032-225
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