Updated at 20.24
XAVI IS IN talks with his former club Barcelona to take over as coach, his current team, Qatar’s Al-Sadd said on Saturday, although the Spanish great himself stayed tight-lipped about his “dream” job.
Spanish media had earlier reported that Barcelona had asked former captain Xavi to take over from the under-pressure Ernesto Valverde.
“I will not deny that. There are negotiations about Xavi and everyone is talking about them… but I can say that Xavi so far is at Al-Sadd,” Muhammad Ghulam Al-Balushi, Al-Sadd’s sports director, told the Qatar-based BeIN broadcaster.
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“The final decision is in the hands of Al-Sadd’s management, in the hands of the manager, and the hands of Barcelona’s management,” he added ahead of Al-Sadd’s 4-1 semi-final victory against Al-Rayyan in the Qatar Cup.
Xavi declined to confirm the speculation at the post-match media briefing but said he had met Barcelona’s director of football Eric Abdidal during his recent trip to Qatar.
“I’m focussing on Al-Sadd. Yes Abidal is my friend, I met him many times,” he said.
“I cannot inform you too much, just that I met Abidal and he is my friend.”