Barcelona boss Xavi said he was offered a role in Brazil’s support team ahead of the World Cup, but turned it down in order to remain in the top position at the Blue Garnet.
The former Spain international replaced Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou last year and has helped revive the Catalan team since his arrival.
Although his team has qualified for the Europa League for the second straight season, they remain competitive in the national top flight, two points ahead of rivals Real Madrid at halftime in the World Cup.
Xavi revealed that he was approached by Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) President Rogério Caboclo about a role with Selecao during his time at Al Sadd, but turned them down to stay at Barça.
“It was an opportunity [that came] through the president of the CBF,” Javi told ESPN.
“They are [came] to Qatar and they spoke to me [and asked if] I could be part of the state of Taita.
“But I wanted to be a coach, not an assistant. My desire was to become a coach.
“It would be an amazing opportunity – it was [a chance] go down in history, become the first European to work in the Brazilian national team.
“But at that moment it didn’t happen. It was clear to me that I wanted to be the manager of Barcelona, which was my dream, and here I am.”
1 – Brazil in World Cup history:
Most games played: 110 (shared with Germany)
Most wins: 74
Most goals scored: 231
Most participants: 22
Most titles: 5
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However, Xavi teased that he wouldn’t rule out taking the chance if it was offered again, adding, “You never know. This would be a wonderful opportunity.
“But I intended to take over Barcelona. You never know about the future [though]. I work hard and you can’t rule anything out.”