Ernesto Valverde has already been dismissed from the position of Barcelona coach and Quique Setien was employed in his place. The former manager of Real Betis was not the first choice of Catalans. Earlier, we received information that club members, specifically Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau, were negotiating with Xavi. For some reason, the former player of Barcelona did not become a coach of his beloved club. He explained this in an interview with “Mundo Deportivo”. Yes, I received an offer from Barcelona but rejected it.
This took place during a meeting with Erik Abidal and Oscar Grau. I did not decide, mainly because it is too early for me to embrace Barcelona. However, running is still my dream.
🗣 — Xavi: “I rejected Barcelona because it was too soon… but I love Setien.” pic.twitter.com/URaIVX4KmU
— Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 16, 2020
An extremely mature approach to the matter and just after Xavim we could have expected it. He was extremely thoughtful on the field and he is also the coach. He began his adventure with the manager recently, so we can not be surprised that he is not.
🎙 Xavi: “I received an offer from Barça to coach them but I didn’t accept it especially because it was too early to coach Barça. Someday coaching Barça is still my dream. My decision to reject Barça’s offer was met by my family and my players.” pic.twitter.com/5UogNyXCug
— FC Barcelona Fl (@FCBarcelonaFl) January 16, 2020
In the same interview, Xavi also praised the decision to hire Quique Setien. He admitted that he loves the way the new trainer works with his mentees. Do you think Xavi will be the next manager after Barcelona? Maybe someone will squeeze in before him? After all, we don’t know how long it will take Xavi to reach the appropriate level, and given his perfectionism, it may take several more years.