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So why exactly did Xavi meet Barcelona bosses?

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Published Jan 12, 2020, 5:25 pm IST
Updated Jan 12, 2020, 5:28 pm IST
Midfield maestro is being talked about to take Ernesto Valverde's place as Barca coach
Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez confirmed he had a conversation with Barcelona officials but remains committed to Qatai club Al-Sadd for now. (AP)
 Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez confirmed he had a conversation with Barcelona officials but remains committed to Qatai club Al-Sadd for now. (AP)

Barcelona: Amid rumours that Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has been approached to become coach of the club, the former midfielder has said that he is for now committed to coaching his team in Qatar.

“I don't hide my dream of coaching Barcelona one day. I would love to coach the team. I support them and my dream is to train Barcelona, but now my focus is on Al-Sadd,” Xavi said Saturday.

 

The 39-year-old left Barcelona in 2015, following 17 trophy-laden seasons, to join Qatari club Al-Sadd, where he coaches.

Addressing the media after Al-Sadd's 4-1 win over Al-Rayyan in the Qatar Cup semifinals, Xavi also spoke about his recent meeting with Barcelona club official Eric Abidal but would not elaborate on the nature of their conversation.

“Eric Abidal is my friend. Out of respect for Barcelona and Al-Sadd, my focus is on the next match against Al-Duhail,” he said. “I cannot speak on this issue and the conversation was on many issues with Abidal.”

Current Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is under pressure after his team conceded two late goals to Atletico Madrid in a 3-2 loss in the Spanish Super Cup semifinals on Thursday.

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