'We discussed many things': Xavi confirms meeting with Barcelona

‘They were here to talk with me and we discussed many things’: Xavi confirms meeting with Barcelona as he admits it’s his ‘dream’ to coach Spanish giants

  • Xavi is on the radar of Barcelona to replace under-fire manager Ernesto Valverde
  • Xavi lifted 25 trophies during an incredible 17-year career at the Nou Camp
  • On Saturday, the former midfielder revealed he held talks with Spanish giants 

Xavi has admitted it is his dream to coach Barcelona after confirming that he had held talks with his former club.

Pressure is continuing to grow on under-fire Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde, and it has led to reports that club legend Xavi could take over at the Nou Camp.

The former Spain international is Barcelona’s all-time leading appearance maker, lifting a stunning 25 trophies during an incredible 17-year career at the club.

Xavi has revealed he has held talks with Barcelona amid reports he is set to take over as boss

And Xavi, now managing at Al Sadd, has confirmed reports that he had spoken to Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal and chief executive Oscar Grau over the weekend, although he did not disclose what was discussed during the meeting.

‘I cannot say anything, they were here to talk to me and we discussed many things. Sorry I cannot give any more information,’ Xavi told a news conference on Saturday after his side beat Al Rayyan to reach 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.’

Before Saturday’s match against Al Rayyan, Al Sadd’s sporting director – Muhammad Ghulam Al Balushi – confirmed Xavi had been negotiating a return to Barcelona.

Pressure has grown on Ernesto Valverde even more after Barcelona’s defeat to Atletico Madrid

‘There are negotiations between Xavi and Barcelona now and we wish him success wherever he decides to go,’ he told Qatari network Al Kass. 

Spanish paper AS recently reported that Barcelona had offered Xavi a two-and-a-half-year contract to replace Valverde as manager at the Nou Camp.

The report claimed that Abidal and Grau linked up with the former midfielder in Doha this week following Barca’s Spanish Super Cup defeat by Atletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia. 

AS reported that the two-hour meeting was enough to convince the club’s chiefs to offer the Spaniard a deal to take over as boss at the Nou Camp, beating off the likes of Ronald Koeman, Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry to the post.  

The former Barcelona midfielder lifted an incredible 25 trophies during a 17-year career at club

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