Xavi rejects Barcelona offer for now, Valdere position still unsafe


Barcelona lost 3-2 to Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana semifinals on Thursday, piling more scrutiny on Valverde. Everyone knows what to train at Barça it's my dream, but I'm now an Al Sadd coach and I'm focused on 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.

Xavi, who led his side to the Qatari Cup final on Saturday evening, has been heavily linked with the head coach role at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona executives met with club legend Xavi to see if the 39-year-old has interest in replacing Ernesto Valverde as manager, sources told ESPN's Moises Llorens and Sam Marsden.

The legendary former midfielder has been in talks with Barca general director Oscar Grau and technical secretary Eric Abidal in recent days.

That's something which was confirmed by the former midfielder himself, with the Al-Sadd manager saying: "I can not say anything, they were here to talk to me and we discussed many things". "I can not speak on this issue and the conversation was on many issues with Abidal".

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"My focus here is with Al-Sadd and the upcoming phase". (Barça) were here to talk to me, also to check on Ousmane Dembele.

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.

He joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015 before being appointed coach last July.

"Everyone knows that I'm a Barcelona fan, the club are in my heart and my dreams".

The report claims that the meeting was portrayed as an informal meeting, due to the friendship between Xavi and Abidal from their time playing together with the team, but he was offered a two and a half year deal.