Xavi Hernández, a day before directing Al Sadd in the final of the Prince’s Cup in Qatar, has explained the proposal to train Barcelona instead of Ernesto Valverde he received last week. The technical secretary, Éric Abidal, and the CEO of the club azulgrana, Oscar Grau, negotiated with Al Sadd’s coach in Qatar. They held three meetings, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “Yes, I received an offer from Barcelona,” Xavi said. “I did not accept it because it seemed too hasty. My dream is still to train Barcelona one day. ” He also clarified: “It’s a bit early for me to train Barcelona.” He related the process that took place while maintaining contacts with the Barca club. “First I told my family and then the Al Sadd players because they followed the issue. For three days I was not in my best position, but now I am totally focused on Al Sadd, ”he said.
Xavi abounds in the statements he made shortly after Abidal’s offer was revealed. “Barça is a dream, I have said it many times. It is the club of my heart, but now I am focused on Al Sadd, with which we have a very important final ahead. I am very happy here and I have a lot of respect for this club. I can not say anything more. I respect Ernesto Valverde, who is the coach of Barcelona, respect for Barça and respect for my club, ”said Xavi, who has a contract with the Qatari club until June 2020.
After Xavi discarded the offer, the board of directors of Josep Maria Bartomeu reached an agreement with Quique Setién and signed him a contract as coach of Barcelona until 2022, although with a clause by which the president to be elected in the elections of 2021 You can terminate it so you can choose the technician you consider most appropriate. Xavi praised Quique Setién: “I love Barcelona’s new coach, I love his way of working and I hope he succeeds with the team.”
The Cantabrian coach was chosen last Monday after dismissing Ernesto Valverde, whose image was very worn after losing in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against Atlético. That defeat was the straw that broke the glass. The European eliminations of Rome and Liverpool, and a little showy football exhausted his credit despite leading the classification (matched points with Madrid) and first overcome the group stage of the Champions League.
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