Quique Setien has indeed become the new manager of Barcelona, almost even a month has passed. But the rumors of a new coach who had enlivened the Spanish media are still being discussed. One of them, Xavi Hernandez’s refusal.
Since the beginning of the year, Barcelona has been troubled by the issue of successor Ernesto Valverde. Indeed, in the end the Catalan giant fired the 56-year-old manager and replaced him with Quique Setien. But, before that there were many names of candidates who appeared.
Starting from Ronald Koeman, Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri, even Xavi Hernandez. Reportedly, Barcelona so wanted Xavi to coach Messi et al. The reason is because the legend knows the identity of the club, and knows the club inside and out.
Unfortunately, the Spanish Legend is said to have refused an offer from Barcelona. The rejection made the club immediately diverted its target. After considering a number of things, the Catalan giant finally appointed former Real Betis coach, Quique Setien.
Speaking of these rumors, Barcelona legend who now serves as director of sports, Eric Abidal denied it firmly. Indeed there was a discussion with Xavi, but not the slightest discuss the issue of the possibility of becoming Barcelona’s new coach.
He emphasized that it was only news made by the media, so that the club was not at all disturbed by this news.
“Interrupted? No. I do my job. I continued to approach a number of coaches and none of them leaked. If it does leak, I still work as usual. It’s impossible to bring a coach without talking to him. After that, let it leak, let it leak. “Abidal said.
Furthermore, the former French national team said Xavi was still inexperienced in handling football teams. Indeed, the legend came from Barcelona, familiar with both outside and inside clubs. However, what is needed now is an experienced coach, and Setien is the right figure.
“He [Xavi] doesn’t have that much experience. It’s true he came from here. This could be a moment for him, or not. The club bet by choosing Quique Setien for the next two years and we really believe in him. “He continued.
But, it does not seem to rule out the possibility for Barcelona to appoint Xavi Hernandez in the future.