Xavi Hernandez has revealed that he had turned down an offer to take over the leadership of the Brazilian National Team, before accepting the post of Barcelona coach.
Brazil had offered Xavi the opportunity to work with current national team coach Tite until next year’s World Cup, and then take over the reins of the five-time World Cup winner.
But Xavi had ruled out the possibility and continued to be Al-Sadd’s coach in anticipation of Barcelona.
And Barcelona knocked on his door earlier this month after sacking Ronald Koeman, and Xavi introduced himself and signed a contract as Barcelona coach – lasting until 2024 – alongside club president Joan Laporta on Monday at the Camp Nou.
Speaking during the presentation as Barca coach, Xavi confirmed: “It is true that I spoke with Brazil. “The idea was to help Tito and then take over the team after the World Cup.”
“But my dream was to come to Barcelona. I feel ready and full of confidence. I feel this is the moment,” he added.
Barca got the green light for his appointment on Friday after paying the release clause in the 41-year-old’s contract with Qatari club Al-Sadd.
Xavi, who played 17 years for Barcelona winning 25 trophies in 767 appearances, was introduced to thousands of spectators at the Camp Nou on Monday.