Xavi to replace Valverde as Barcelona boss

Xavi: No official approach from Barcelona for Al Sadd manager

Barcelona make official approach for Xavi to replace Valverde as head coach

Valverde's position as Barcelona boss has come under increasing pressure following Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

"He hasn't done anything, apart from what it means to have lost a match at a club like Barcelona", Luis Enrique said during an interview with Movistar at half time of the Supercopa de Espana final.

Ronald Koeman, Roberto Martínez and Thierry Henry have also been considered for Barcelona job but Xavi seems to be the leading candidate should his club Al-Sadd leave him for fresh challenges.

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In fact, on the night of this Saturday Eric Abidal and carscar Grau will return to get together with Xavi Hernández. Just having met with Abidal, my friend ...

Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez has said it is his dream to coach his former side after his current club, Qatari outfit Al Sadd, confirmed that the ex-Spain midfielder has been in negotiations with the Spanish champions. "We're in talks with Barcelona but it'll depend by many factors", the Inter CEO is reported to have told Fabrizio Romano.

Xavi spent a staggering 17 years of his career at the Nou Camp before moving to Al Sadd in 2015. Barcelona's stance to date has been that Valverde will see out this season. "I support them and my dream is to train Barcelona, but now my focus is on Al-Sadd".

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He respects the current incumbent Valverde, and does not want to be the man to force him out of the job.

"I can not speak on this issue and the conversation was on many issues with Abidal, and as I mentioned, I am now focusing on Al Sadd and in the final match of the Qatar Cup on Friday against Al-Duhail", Xavi added.

Before the semi-final versus Al Rayyan, Al Sadd's showing off supervisor Muhammad Ghulam Al Balushi validated Xavi had actually been bargaining a relocation to Barca.

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Valverde has continued to win trophies with Barca, winning La Liga twice and the Copa del Rey, and they now top the table but the former Atletico Bilbao manager has also had many failures.

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