Laporta has made a habit of bringing back faces that have been with him since he first returned to the club. Not only was Xavi appointed as coach, but Deco was also appointed as Sporting Director, Bojan Krkic worked for the youth team, Rafael Marquez as Barca Atletic coach, Juliano Belletti as assistant and Javier Saviola at one point is the coach of the U19 team.
Now, RadioMarca reports that Laporta contacted former Barca coach Frank Rijkaard to see if he wanted to return to the job he had worked for for five years. The Dutch coach quit in 2014, after spells with Galatasaray and Saudi Arabia, and has not returned since.
Laporta told Rijkaard that he could ask former Dutch team-mate Marco van Basten as his assistant. Rijkaard has not yet refused immediately, although convincing him seems like it will require a lot of effort from Laporta. Rijkaard is currently in the real estate business and is an ambassador for the Johan Cruyff Foundation, living in Amsterdam with his family.
Thanh Vu | 17:43 January 31, 2024