Xavi Hernandez has not remained silent. The former Barca player, now Al Sadd coach, has said in his most recent interview that he had turned down two approaches from Barca to become the coach. Now he feels “more prepared”, but he “is in no rush”.
After a long period of reflection at the end of the season, Koeman and Joan Laporta sat down to talk about the coach’s future and the president said he had confidence in the Dutchman. Koeman will remain in charge for next season.
There is nothing left to say. At least that is what Xavi Hernandez says. The former player gave an interview to ‘La Vanguardia’ and said he had turned down the Barcelona bench several times. That was either because he did not feel ready or out of respect to Ronald Koeman.
“I’ve said no to Barcelona twice. It’s very difficult (to take the job) because I’m a huge Barca fan,” the former footballer said.
But Xavi Hernandez, after months in Qatar and winning several trophies, now feels confident enough to accept the Barca job in the future.
“I feel more prepared than the first day and I’m open. I’m not deceiving anybody. I’m prepared for that, but you have to respect Koeman, who is a legend with a year left on his contract,” Xavi added.
Xavi is aware that the opportunity will come around again so he is not in a rush. “What has to come, will come.”
He also talked about his former teammate Sergio Busquets: “The atmosphere around Barcelona is extremely high pressure and Busquets has suffered from it. He cannot be questioned.”
To conclude, Xavi admitted that he really likes it when Barca “pressed very high” in several phases of last season.