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Xavi reveals that Lionel Messi sent him a 'good luck' message after taking over Barcelona job

Arjun Singh Devgan
Xavi and Lionel Messi were part of arguably the greatest team in club history during their time at Barcelona
Xavi and Lionel Messi were part of arguably the greatest team in club history during their time at Barcelona / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
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New Barcelona manager and club legend, Xavi Hernandez has revealed that his former team-mate and the Catalan giants' greatest ever player, Lionel Messi had contacted him to wish him good luck on his appointment.

Xavi who came through Barcelona's famed La Masia academy and made a staggering 767 appearances for them, was appointed manager of the club after the management sacked Ronald Koeman after a poor start to the season.

The Spaniard is seen by many as the man who will lead the club back to it's former and the 41-year-old has now revealed that Messi sent him a good luck message.

“Messi sent me a message offering me good luck. He is the best player in the history of the club but he is not here anymore. We have the players that we have and we will work with them," he said at his presentation on Monday.

The Spanish legend also revealed that his desire to manage his boyhood club saw him passing a chance to coach Brazil earlier in the summer.

“We spoke with the Brazilian federation. The idea was to be an assistant to [head coach] Tite and to take over the squad after the Qatar World Cup. But my desire was to come to Barcelona. I waited until the right moment and I think this is the right moment. I feel I am very well prepared now.”

The legendary midfielder has his work cut out for him at the Nou Camp, considering that they currently sit in ninth place in LaLiga table with 17 points from 12 games, 11 behind table toppers, Real Sociedad.

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