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Jordi Cruyff appears to be a key part of Victor Font’s master plan for Barcelona, but the Dutch manager insists he is committed to Shenzhen FC.
Cruyff, son of Barça legend Johan, played for the Blaugrana in the 1990s.
The 46-year-old is currently in charge of Shenzhen of the Chinese Super League, after being appointed in August.
However, Font, who is one of the main candidates for the Barça presidency, vacated by Josep Maria Bartomeu in October, wants Cruyff to return to the club as part of a renewed leadership team.
A hypothetical organization chart published by Font has Cruyff installed as sports director.
Former Barça great Xavi, who currently manages Al Sadd of the Qatar Stars League, would operate above Cruyff in the hierarchy, as CEO. Ronald Koeman would remain as the first team coach.
However, Font’s vision for Barca may have already been affected, as Cruyff declared his commitment to Shenzhen and insisted he does not participate in the presidential race.
“I want to clarify that I am focused on my commitment to Shenzhen FC and I am not involved in the electoral process for the Barça presidency,” Cruyff wrote in a post on his official Twitter account.
I want to say that I am central to my commitment to Shenzhen FC and to the margin of the electoral process in the Barça presidency.
I want to clarify that I am focused on my commitment to Shenzhen FC and I am not involved in the electoral process for the Barça presidency.
– Jordi Cruyff (@JordiCruyff) December 30, 2020
Font had previously suggested that Xavi would be in charge of the first team if he won the election.
He approached Xavi to take over at the Camp Nou when Ernesto Valverde was relieved of his duties last season, but turned down the offer, with Quique Setien installed in his place.