Everybody thought Xavi Hernandez was going to succeed Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona, as the Spanish midfielder is not only one of the smartest player to ever lace them up, but also an icon and idol of the Catalan club.
That’s why some of the team’s officials traveled to Qatar to offer him the gig even before letting Valverde go. However, he eventually turned them down.
Surprising as it may seem, Xavi acknowledged that he’s not ready to assume such a challenge yet, as he told the media recently while explaining the situation:
“Yes, I received an offer from Barcelona in the presence of Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau, but I didn’t accept it, It’s too soon to coach Barcelona, but it will continue to be my dream to be Barcelona coach in the future,” the World Cup winner told the media earlier today, as quoted by Infobae.
Moreover, Xavi claimed that he was quite distracted by the situation, but added that he’s completely focused on his duties with Al -Sadd right now:
“I told my family first and then the Al-Sadd players because they were following the topic. I wasn’t in my best position during the three days, but I’m now totally focused on Al -Sadd,” he concluded.
Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona’s chairman, promised the fans that Xavi will one day take the reins of the team just like Pep Guardiola once did, however, it seems like they’ll have to wait a little bit longer until he finally feels prepared to take that challenge.
“Xavi will be the coach of Barca one day, I have no doubt. He is very capable, he’s a person that perfectly understands our football, he’s hugely keen to do it and one day he will,” the team’s president claimed during an interview with Spanish outlet Sport.