Xavi will one day be the manager of Barcelona

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Xavi Hernandez may have just declined the chance to train Barcelona, ​​but “he will become a coach one day,” said Catalan club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Wednesday.

Former Barca captain Xavi was approached about the job in Camp Nou last week, but declined the offer and preferred to remain head of the Qatari team Al-Sadd for the time being.

As a result, Quique Setien was released on Monday as the successor to Ernesto Valverde. The 61-year-old signed a contact with a 2021 interruption clause until June 2022 to allow a change after the presidential election.





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DOHA, QATAR – DECEMBER 17: Al-Sadd SC head coach Xabvier Hernandez watches before the match between Al-Sadd SC and ES Tunis at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 17, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.

Bartomeu believes that they have found a more suitable alternative in Setien after failing to make their first choice.

“He showed in his teams that he loves the beautiful game. He especially loves the way we see the game and that’s why he was chosen,” Bartomeu told the sports website.

But he also spoke to Xavi, who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain, went through the academy in Barcelona and played 855 senior games for the club.

After an emotional farewell, he joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015 before being appointed coach in July last year.

“Xavi will one day be Barca’s manager, I have no doubt about that,” he said.

“He is very competent, he is someone with a huge drive and he knows our football perfectly.”

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Valverde was the first coach to be released by Barca in the middle of the season since Louis van Gaal in 2003.

Despite the change in management, Setien inherits a top spot in La Liga, albeit tied with Real Madrid, and will face Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.

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