Al Sadd have issued a statement in response to rumors Barcelona plan to meet Xavi to discuss replacing Ernesto Valverde as manager at the Camp Nou.
Valverde’s future has come under fresh scrutiny after a 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
Xavi has made no secret of the fact it would be his dream to manage Barcelona in the future, but Al-Sadd general manager Turki Al-Ali says he’s focused on his current job right now.
“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.”
“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.”
Source | Al Sadd
Speculation suggests Barcelona are not considering replacing Valverde imminently, but it’s looking increasingly likely this is his last season at the club and a replacement needs to lined up.