Barcelona offer Xavi deal to replace Ernesto Valverde but Qatari club turns it down
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Barcelona offer Xavi deal to replace Ernesto Valverde but Qatari club turns it down

Barcelona have reportedly offered former player Xavi Hernandez a two-and-a-half-year contract to replace Ernesto Valverde as manager.

However, Mirror reports that Qatari club Al-Sadd, where Xavi is currently head coach, will not let him leave.

A 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday has put Valverde's job on the line with increasing pressure to replace him.

Ronald Koeman, Roberto Martínez and Thierry Henry are some of the top names that have been linked to the job.

The report claimed that sporting director Eric Abidal and CEO Oscar Grau met with Xavi in Doha before flying back from the Middle East following Thursday's Super Cup clash in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Sadd's general manager Turki Al-Ali said the coach was fully focused on his side's impending match against Al-Rayyan.

“The issue of Xavi going to Barcelona is normal and expected because he will be at his club and it’s his first home and he must return there in the future, but as of today, Xavi is the coach of Al Sadd,” Al-Ali said via a statement published on the club’s official website.

“Xavi and his team are focusing on tomorrow’s match against Al-Rayyan, and we know that a club with the size and professionalism of Barcelona will take to official channels to speak of such matters.”

There is no official response from Xavi yet, but the offer looks too tempting to reject.