Blow for Barcelona as club legend Xavi ‘turns down chance to replace Ernesto Valverde… but has not ruled out taking over in June’
- Ernesto Valverde has come under increasing pressure as manager of Barcelona
- Barcelona have lined up former midfielder Xavi as Valverde’s replacement
- But reports claim Xavi does not want to start a project midway through season
Barcelona legend Xavi has reportedly turned down the chance to replace under-fire Ernesto Valverde as manager immediately.
Pressure has grown even more on Valverde following Barcelona’s last-gasp defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, with reports recently claiming Xavi could be set to take over at the Nou Camp.
But according to Spanish radio station RAC 1, Xavi believes it is not the time to take over at Barcelona as he would prefer to start a project at the beginning of a new season.
Barcelona had lined up Xavi as a replacement for under-fire manager Ernesto Valverde
However, Xavi – who won an incredible 25 trophies during his 17-year spell with the Spanish giants – has not ruled out becoming manager in the summer.
Barcelona have reportedly been informed by the current Al Sadd manager of his decision, and they are currently weighing up what move to take next.
The report also claims that Valverde – who has been manager of the club since 2017 – remains calm and has no plans to step down.
Valverde has come under even more pressure following Barcelona’s defeat to Atletico Madrid
The news regarding Xavi comes after he confirmed he held talks with his former club, but 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 Al Sadd 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.’
The former Barcelona midfielder lifted an incredible 25 trophies during a 17-year career at club