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Barcelona head coach Xavi has been denied access to the US ahead of the La Liga club’s pre-season tour. The Spanish press report that the former midfielder has not been allowed to enter the country for visa reasons.
Barca have travelled to the US to continue their preparations for the upcoming Spanish season. But they will apparently have to work without their head coach in unusual circumstances.
Before returning to the Catalan outfit, Xavi managed Al-Sadd in Saudi Arabia. The club visited Iran three times during the 42-year-old’s time in charge and that has apparently not been looked upon favourably by Us immigration forces. Tensions between the US and Iran are high and have escalated over the last few years.
Spanish broadcaster TV3 have claimed that Xavi has sensationally been denied a visa to enter the US. It strikes a major blow into Barca’s plans ahead of the new campaign.
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Xavi’s side are due to play several fixtures in the country over the next two weeks. They face David Beckham’s Inter Miami on Wednesday before a feisty El Clasico clash against Real Madrid.
Barcelona will also meet European rivals Juventus before rounding off their trip against New York Red Bulls. To not have their manager is not ideal, especially as this is Xavi’s first pre-season in his job, having replaced Ronald Koeman in November last year.
The former Spain international might have hoped to run the rule over new signing Raphinha. The Brazilian winger has been signed from Leeds in a £65million transfer, with Barca beating the likes of Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal to the purchase.
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