According to exclusive reports from TV3, Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez supposedly rejected two major managerial offers from the Brazilian national team and German outfit Borussia Dortmund to stay on course with his pre-decided career trajectory.
Xavi was reportedly approached by Dortmund two months ago, as the Bundesliga side offered him a contract of two years with an optional one-year extension. The former-midfielder thanked the club but refused the offer since only Al-Sadd and Barcelona are on his roadmap at the moment.
Despite recently signing a contract extension at Al-Sadd, Xavi has been constantly linked to Barcelona. The pressure continues to build on Ronald Koeman, with president Joan Laporta pushing for changes. Xavi is rumoured to meet with Barcelona as he is currently preparing to arrive on vacation in Catalonia.
The Brazilian national team also made contacts with Xavi, offering him the position of second coach of the side under Tite for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022. After the tournament in Qatar concludes, he would reportedly take over as the primary coach. The Spaniard walked away from the deal presumably for the same reasons as stated before.
The Catalans may now end up keeping Koeman in charge should they fail to line up a suitable replacement, and perhaps that is for the best. The decision about a new coach will be among the many upcoming tasks that Laporta will have to handle.