'It's my dream to coach Barcelona' - Xavi set to replace Valverde at Barcelona
'It's my dream to coach Barcelona' - Xavi set to replace Valverde at Barcelona
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'It's my dream to coach Barcelona' - Xavi set to replace Valverde at Barcelona

Former Barcelona ace Xavi Hernandez is in line to replace Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona. 

The former midfielder, currently managing Qatar side Al-Sadd, has fuelled the speculation by neither admitting nor denying the claims when he faced the media on Saturday. 

According to reports, Xavi is likely to take over as soon as this coming week, opening a new chapter for both the player and club. 

He then confirmed that he met Barcelona officials; Sporting Director Eric Abidal and Chief Executive Oscar Grau on Friday, adding that it would be his dream to coach the Catalans. 

"I cannot say anything, they were here to talk to me and we discussed many things ... I cannot hide it's my dream to coach Barcelona."

Valverde has been under pressure for the last two seasons at the club, but his fate is said to have been sealed when they lost 3-2 in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday against Atletico Madrid

Al-Sadd released a statement on Friday to address the rumours, terming the speculation as normal. 

"The possibility that Xavi goes to Barcelona at any moment is normal, and we hope that he returns in the future because it was his club and his first home. But as of today, Xavi is the coach of Al-Sadd club.

"Xavi is focused on (Saturday's) game and any negotiation over his departure will be through the official channels."

Xavi spent 17 highly successful years at the Blaugrana, where he won eight La Liga titles and the UEFA Champions League on four occasions.

 

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