Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez open to coaching a big Premier League club

Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi Hernandez, who retired in May, is the current head coach of Al Sadd.

The 2010 World Cup winner now claims he would be open to a managerial role in the Premier League.

Xavi made 767 appearances and won 15 major trophies at Barcelona, before joining Qatari outfit Al Sadd in 2015. The midfielder played for the reigning Qatari champions for four years, before being appointed head coach earlier this year.

The former central midfielder was pivotal in a Spain side that won the European Championships and World Cup back-to-back-to-back between 2008 and 2012. He also helped his boyhood club to eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns.

Xavi has been earmarked as a future Barcelona boss and was again linked with the role after the Blaugrana lost 2-0 to Granada on Sunday. And while the World Cup winner insists his dream is to return to the Camp Nou, he would also welcome the chance to manage a club in England’s top flight – although he did not name Liverpool as a potential destination.

“I don’t hide it: my goal is to return to Europe and return to Barcelona. It is my challenge ahead, but I’m still learning in this project with Al Sadd at Qatar and I’m also enjoying it,” he told Sky Sports.

“My idea, which also happened to me as a footballer, is to be in Barcelona. Training that type of team would be a privilege, and the greatest privilege for me would be to return to Barca. But obviously, who doesn’t like the Premier League?”

“The football atmosphere, the packed stadiums and the people who play in the Premier League say it’s extraordinary. Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team: Manchester City, or Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham – but not Liverpool,” he concluded.

It has been reported that the former midfielder is tipped to manage United or Arsenal in the coming seasons. However, Xavi said that he is yet to make a final decision on his future.


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