Former Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez has revealed that he won’t tolerate anyone toxic near his locker room should he become the manager of the Camp Nou outfit in the near future.
The former midfielder was approached to replace Ernesto Valverde earlier in the season but Xavi rejected the request, which then forced the Catalans to hire Quique Setien instead.
Xavi, however, has revealed that he is open to working for Barcelona in the future but will only do so with the people who he trusts, stating that he won’t have anyone of toxic nature around him
“I would like to work together with people in whom I have confidence, with whom there is loyalty, and who are very valid people. There cannot be anyone toxic near the locker room,” he said, as per Forbes.
“We are talking about Carles Puyol, who was captain of Barça, and Jordi Cruyff, a very good businessman with a lot of experience as a technical secretary,” Xavi said.
He then went on to state how he works at his current club Al-Sadd in Qatar, revealing that while everyone has a say in the process, the final decision is made by him.
“I am a team player; I don't want to decide alone. Here [in Qatar, at Al-Sadd], we make the decisions with the staff ... it is a horizontal structure of consensus. Although I have the last word,” he stressed.