'I call Xavi after Barcelona matches' - Laporta reveals regular talks with incoming coach

 The former midfielder is expected to replace Ronald Koeman as head coach at Camp Nou and has a close bond with the president

Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he speaks with Xavi, the frontrunner to take over as the club's head coach, very often and calls him to discuss the team's matches.

Ronald Koeman was dismissed from his role as Barca boss this week shortly after their defeat against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga and Goal understands they have offered the job to Xavi.

Laporta insists the Al-Sadd coach is not the only candidate for the job, but admits the two have a close relationship and that he is aware of what Xavi thinks of the squad.