Why Xavi rejected Barcelona job


FC Barcelona are said to be in limbo after club legend Xavi rejected the chance to succeed Ernesto Valverde and it's now been revealed why he opted against a return.

Xavi, 39, has often expressed his desire of returning to his boyhood club he joined as an 11-year-old before winning 25 major titles with.

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And on Friday, it was leaked within Spanish media that sporting director, Eric Abidal, and chief executive, Òscar Grau were in Qatar for talks with Xavi over replacing the underfire Valverde.

Al Sadd's sporting director Muhammad Ghulam Al Balushi also confirmed with Al Kass, that the two parties were in negotiations and offered his blessing towards any decision the Spaniard opted for.

While it's since been revealed via AS that Barcelona's all-time leading appearance maker rejected the offer, Xavi distanced himself from the meeting.

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"I cannot say anything, they were here to talk to me and we discussed many things. Sorry, I cannot give any more information," Xavi said after his side advanced to the Prince's Cup final.

"I cannot hide it's my dream to coach Barcelona, I've said it many times in many interviews, everyone knows I support Barcelona from the bottom of my heart.

"But I'm doing my job here, I'm doing my best. I was focused on the semi-final and now I'm focusing on the final."

While he's reiterated the Blaugrana hot seat would be his dream job, the Guardian has revealed he rejected the proposal of managing the club out of respect for Valverde and Al Sadd.