Xavi responds to rumors that he will replace Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona


Valverde's position has come under increased scrutiny following Barcelona's Supercopa de Espana exit to Atletico Madrid on Thursday, although the Catalan giants do remain top of LaLiga on goal difference from Real Madrid.

"I can not hide it's my dream to coach Barcelona, I've said it many times in many interviews, everyone knows I support Barcelona from the bottom of my heart".

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.

Pressure has grown even more on Valverde following Barcelona's last-gasp defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, with reports recently claiming Xavi could be set to take over at the Nou Camp.

"My focus here is with Al-Sadd and the upcoming phase".

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Al Sadd confirmed on Saturday that Barcelona are in talks with Xavi for a move, but the club legend was given a bit of a go when asked about the speculation. Xavi led Al Sadd to the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League past year.

"When the results are bad or when you lose, as has happened tonight, I suppose we will talk about this and other things". Everyone knows But my focus is on Al-Sadd.

"Everyone knows that I'm a Barcelona fan, the club are in my heart and my dreams". After the game, Terrasa said: "There is no offer from Barça, I met with Abidal because he is my friend".

From Barcelona they maintain that the proposal is for next season, but if Xavi agrees to take the reins of the team immediately, Valverde will be dismissed.

"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.