Barcelona to sack Ernesto Valverde and name Xavi as replacement

Barcelona make official approach for Xavi to replace Valverde as head coach

Xavi likely to replace Valverde as Barcelona coach: reports

Meanwhile, Valverde admitted on Thursday that speculations about whether he will remain in charge at Barca is "inevitable" after his side crashed out of the Spanish Super Cup to Atletico Madrid. Everyone knows what to train at Barça it's my dream, but I'm now an Al Sadd coach and I'm focused on that.

On Friday, Al Sadd's general manager Turki Al-Ali said the club knew Xavi would eventually return to Barca but urged the Spanish side to negotiate with them directly.

World Cup victor Xavi, 39, came through the Barcelona academy and played 855 senior games for the Camp Nou side.

In fact, on the night of this Saturday Eric Abidal and carscar Grau will return to get together with Xavi Hernández.

"Yes, Abidal is my friend".

Barcelona have reportedly been informed by the current Al Sadd manager of his decision, and they are now weighing up what move to take next.

"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".

Asked about the rumours saying Valverde could be sacked and the possibility of Xavi taking over, Zidane said: "What's going on with Valverde happens to all coaches".

"They were here to talk to me and we discussed many things".

Xavi played the vast majority of his career at the Nou Camp before moving to Al Sadd in Qatar, first as a player and then as coach. (Barça) were here to talk to me, also to check on Ousmane Dembele. "I was concentrated on the semi-final as well as now I'm concentrating on the last".

He respects the current incumbent Valverde, and does not want to be the man to force him out of the job.

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