Xavi confirms he rejected Barcelona offer to replace Valverde
Xavi confirms he rejected Barcelona offer to replace Valverde
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Xavi confirms he rejected Barcelona offer to replace Valverde

Barcelona legend Xavi has confirmed he turned down an offer to replace Ernesto Valverde as manager at the Nou Camp.

Valverde was sacked after suffering a 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday.

Barcelona reportedly made a move for their former player Xavi, which was turned down, before finally settling for Quique Setien.

Xavi, who is the manager of Qatari club Al-Sadd, has now confirmed the report, adding that the reason for rejecting the offer was because it came too early.

"Yes, I received an offer from Barcelona in a meeting with Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau but I did not accept it, especially because it is too early to train Barcelona but it will remain my dream in the future to be a Barca coach." He told Mundo Deportivo.

The former midfielder, 39, played 767 games for Barca and won 25 trophies.

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