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Xavi: It's true that I turned down Barca

The Al-Sadd boss does hope to one day take the reins at Camp Nou but a recent approach from the club came too early in his career

Barcelona great Xavi has admitted he rejected an offer from the club to succeed Ernesto Valverde as head coach prior to the Spanish champions appointing Quique Setien, stating that it was “too soon” for him to accept his dream job.

Valverde was sacked in the wake of the 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the inaugural expanded Supercopa de Espana this month, with the writing having been considered to be on the wall for the coach for some time.