Barcelona “offers the legend of the Xavi club two and a half years contract” to take over as manager at the fire under Valverde after a secret meeting of two and a half hours … with Ronald Koeman and Thierry Henry also in the running
- Ernesto Valverde is close to losing his job after the loss of Barca against Atletico Madrid
- The club leaders met with ex-midfielder Xavi following the defeat of the Spanish Super Cup
- AS reports that the club offered a two and a half year contract to take over
- The Qatari club Al-Sadd insists that no contact has been made regarding their manager
Barcelona offered club legend Xavi a two and a half year contract to replace underfire Ernesto Valverde as manager, according to reports.
Club sporting director Eric Abidal and CEO Oscar Grau reportedly linked up with the former Doha midfielder this week after the defeat of the Spanish Barca Super Cup against Atletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia.
AS reports that the two-hour meeting was enough to convince the club leaders to offer the Spaniard an agreement to take over as head of the Nou field, beating people of the caliber of Ronald Koeman, Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry.
Xavi was reportedly offered a two and a half year deal to take over as head of Barcelona
The Spanish giants fell to defeat Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday
The Spanish publication AS reports that Barcelona are looking to make Xavi their new boss
However, Al-Sadd, the Qatari club where Xavi is currently the coach, insisted that there is no immediate prospect of his man’s departure, before pointing out that Barcelona has not made contact with the club.
General Manager Turk Al-Ali said the links are not surprising, but that full concentration remains on the club’s league campaign.
“The problem of Xavi going to Barcelona is normal and expected because he will be in his club and is his first home and must return there in the future, but to date Xavi is Al Sadd’s coach,” an Al-Ali statement read on the club’s website.
Pressure is growing on manager Ernesto Valverde with a myriad of names linked to the post
Club legend Xavi met Barca leaders on Friday in a two-hour meeting in the Middle East
“Xavi and his team are focusing on tomorrow’s game against Al-Rayyan, and we know that a club with the size and professionalism of Barcelona will bring official channels to talk about these issues.”
The Spaniard would follow in the footsteps of Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique in taking over the Catalan club he represented as a player.
If Xavi becomes Barcelona’s boss, he may face a tough task in replicating the performance he has produced on the field by winning eight La Liga titles, four Champions League titles and an excess of other silverware.
On the international stage, Xavi’s 133 caps for Spain led to a World Cup victory and two European championship triumphs.
However, the current Spanish club Al-Sadd insists that no contact has been made by Barca