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    Football: Xavi on the Barça bench? Not immediately – News Sports: Football

    Xavi will not coach FC Barcelona for the time being and current technician Ernesto Valverde, whom the press presents as very weak, will lead the training of the first team on Monday, a source close to the club said on Sunday.

    Despite the elimination by Atlético Madrid (3-2), Thursday in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup, Valverde will still be in charge of training Barcelona on Monday, Xavi having indicated that he would not accept the proposal to settle on the bench of Barça immediately, said this source. There have been discussions between the Blaugrana club and the Catalan legend but no decision has yet been made.

    Current Barça sports director Eric Abidal and general manager Oscar Grau met the former player in Doha, who has been in charge of Al Sadd’s club in Qatar since August, to probe him for the next two seasons , but also for the current season, in case of dismissal of Valverde, reported the Spanish press this Sunday.

    “I can’t hide the fact that it’s my dream to coach Barcelona, ​​I’ve said it many times,” said Xavi Hernandez (39) at a press conference after meeting Al Sadd in the Cup. Qatar, Saturday evening.

    “I can’t tell you too much. Just that I met Abidal and that he is my friend, ”said Xavi. “They were here to talk to me and we discussed a lot of things. And they were here to check how Ousmane Dembélé feels, “a French striker from Barça recovering in Qatar, added the technician.

    “I respect Barcelona, ​​I respect Valverde, I respect my club and I do my job here”, insisted on Saturday the ex-captain blaugrana, world champion in 2010, of Europe in 2008 and 2012 with Spain (133 selections), arrived at Al Sadd in 2015 as a player, and took his first steps as team coach in August 2019.

    Created: 12.01.2020, 3:50 p.m.

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