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Xavi Reveals Why He Turned Down Transfer Approach From Manchester United

Ali Shibil Roshan
Xavi is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time.
Xavi is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time. / Miquel Benitez/Getty Images
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FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has revealed why he turned down a transfer approach from Manchester United during his playing career.

Xavi, who currently manages Al Sadd, is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time as the now 41-year-old established himself as one of the best players in the world during his illustrious career with Barcelona.

Xavi has now revealed that Man Utd once approached him through Sir Alex Ferguson's brother, but he swiftly turned it down because Barcelona was his only priority.

"Manchester United approached me once through Sir Alex Ferguson's brother, but my answer was very quick," Xavi told The Times. "I was focused on Barca, my priority was only Barca. I am a fan from the very inside of myself and that's why was impossible for me to leave."

He added: "Now I see it differently. Everyone tells me that the Premier League is wonderful, a great league to work in. First of all, for the passion with how they live the game. How they treat and respect you, the atmosphere and the stadiums.

"So why not? I could see myself [managing] in England, definitely, it’s one of the things I’d like to experience in my career."


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