Barcelona legend, Xavi, has admitted he turned down the offer of becoming Barcelona coach because it was too soon for him.
The Al-Sadd boss was offered the job after Ernesto Valverde was sacked following Barça’s woeful elimination from Spanish Super Cup by Atletico Madrid.
Xavi was shortlisted among other potential candidates in which Quique Setien was eventually hired to replace Valverde on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Xavi confirmed that he was approached by Barcelona technical secretary Eric Abidal and CEO Oscar Grau, but he turned them down because he felt he needed more experience to be able to coach the La Liga giants.
“Yes, I received an offer from Barcelona in the presence of Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau, but I didn’t accept it,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“It’s too soon to coach Barcelona, but it will continue to be my dream to be Barcelona coach in the future.”
The former Barcelona midfielder said Barça’s interest in him becoming the next coach affected his concentration in his current job as Al-Sadd boss as he was approached thrice by Abidal and Grau in Doha.
“I told my family first and then the Al-Sadd players because they were following the topic,” he said when asked who first learned he had turned down Barca’s approach.
“I wasn’t in my best position during the three days, but I’m now totally focused on Al -Sadd.”
Xavi is still hopeful that he would one day get the dream job of becoming Barcelona head coach. He isn’t the only one wishing for it to happen as Club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu have also declared his support.
“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.” Bartomeu told Sport.
For now, Xavi stays in Al -Sadd, honing his skills which Barcelona will hopefully benefit from someday.