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Xavi fears Guardiola exit

13 March 2012 07:16

Barcelona midfielder Xavi admitted on Tuesday that the club's players fear coach Pep Guardiola will decide not to renew his contract with the European champions.

"We're not ready to have a 'no' from Guardiola. We're hoping he'll stay," said the Spanish international.

"Guardiola is a key element in the Barca system. I see him satisfied, enjoying himself. He continues to be as competitive as ever but the decision in the end is his. Personally, I think he will renew his contract."

Uncertainty continues to surround the future of Guardiola, who is out of contract in the summer and has not yet committed to a new deal after a glittering three and a half years in charge at Camp Nou.

Barca star Lionel Messi insisted on Monday that Guardiola was "more important" to the Catalan club than him, a day after taking his tally for the season to 50 goals.

Source: AFP