Barcelona: Xavi gives an optimistic green signal in returning to Camp Nou

Xavi Hernandez attends 'Campus Xavi Hernández by Santander' at Work Cafe on June 10, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)
Xavi Hernandez attends 'Campus Xavi Hernández by Santander' at Work Cafe on June 10, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images) /

Xavi Hernandez as the manager of the Blaugrana has been a dream for any FC Barcelona supporter. Finally, the man of the hour himself answered a few queries.

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Despite Xavi’s links with Barça, we have seldom heard from the former club captain. Currently, he is enjoying building up a solid resume by managing the Qatari team of Al Sadd.

Q&A with the Barcelona Legend Xavi

Today, the former Culer made a return at the presentation of the Xavi Hernandez Campus in Barcelona, a few unavoidable questions were cordially asked. The first question regarding this was whether he was keen on returning to Catalonia after two years abroad?

"“I’m always on the market. I’ve been coach for two years and I have a very good relationship with Laporta, he decides, I have not been able to talk to him. They have decided to stick with Koeman and I wish him all the best. Whatever he has decided, I imagine it will be the best for the club. I’m always aware of what Barcelona are doing, I’m still very invested in the club, but in these three or four months I haven’t had any contact with anyone on the board.”- Xavi said at the event via Marca."

Xavi says he is in no hurry to make his anticipated dramatic return to manage his boyhood club. He is foremost a Culer, who had led his command over their midfield with his 767 appearances in a remarkable career. Though he is awaiting the opportunity to strike at the right time, he doesn’t shy away from keeping his potential options open if the chance doesn’t come for a few years.

"“I don’t know when that moment will come. I’m on the market, but I’m not in a hurry, it’s a dream and an ambition of mine. I couldn’t imagine having two offers to come back, and they arrived [both during Josep Maria Bartomeu’s presidency]. I try to be ready for when Barcelona or another club arrives. I’m ready, but I’m not in a hurry. I hope that everything will come to fruition.”- Xavi added."

There was always going to be a question relating to a manager’s desire to coach one of the all-time greats under him. This question was more interesting as unlike many, Xavi has personally played so many years behind Messi. Iniesta and Xavi were crucial factors in mentoring Leo during his developing years in the team.

"“What coach wouldn’t like to coach Messi. He’s physically fine… he’s still the best, he makes the difference in 0.1 seconds. It would be an enormous privilege [to coach him]."

The former captain was then hypothetically approached with a question that if Koeman redeems himself and remains for a prolonged period, will he consider alternative options like joining as a manager in the Premier League.

"“Why not? Everyone speaks well of it, there’s even more respect for the professionals.”"

Can you imagine Xavi joining the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, and Thomas Tuchel in the Premier League? In the end, he was also asked about his aspirations of managing the Spain national team, to which he modestly replied that he is open to any prestigious opportunity in his managerial career.

"“I am open to any offer, I see myself more at a club, I like the day to day. But I don’t see it as the end of my career; Luis Enrique is not at the end.”"

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