Barcelona great Xavi

Barcelona great Xavi says he rejected an offer from the club to succeed Ernesto Valverde as head coach.

Barcelona great Xavi

Valverde was sacked in the wake of the 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the inaugural expanded Supercopa de Espana.

“Yes, I received an offer from Barcelona in the presence of Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau, but I didn’t accept it,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“It’s too soon to coach Barcelona, but it will continue to be my dream to be Barcelona coach in the future.”

Xavi is said to have met three times with Abidal and Grau in Doha last weekend.