The current coach of Al Sadd Xavi Hernandez will not replace Ernesto Valverde in mid-season as Barcelona wisher for.

Xavi wanted to postpone his decision a few more days, but Barcelona’s representatives insisted he give them an answer before they flew back to the Catalan capital this Sunday. As such, the Blaugrana legend gave a resounding “no”. Although both parties have agreed to keep the communication channels open, with the possibility that he will come on board for next season.

Xavi has shown (as Carles Puyol did a few months ago) that his commitment to Barcelona is so great that he is not willing to come in to cover patches – his goal is to arrive at the club when it has a consolidated and solid project across all levels, from the academy to the first team.

Right now, and as he clarified in Saturday’s press conference after beating Al Rayyan in the semi-finals of the Qatar Cup, the Al Sadd coach is focused on Friday’s final against Al Duhail.

Then there’s the respect he has for current employers Al Sadd, who signed him to a multi-year deal and gave him his first chance in management.

He has a commitment to his current players, too, and they have the Qatari Cup final coming up. Xavi wouldn’t want to leave them in the lurch.

The fifth and final reason is a more complicated one – a ‘moral’ commitment to Victor Font, a candidate in Barcelona’s presidential elections.

Elections are next year when Xavi’s contract with Al Sadd comes to an end. All things considered, perhaps it’ll be next year that he really has his eyes on the job.

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