Former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez has said he hopes to return to the Spanish club as head coach when the timing is right and that his technical team are already preparing for it.

Spanish media had reported that Xavi, who coaches Qatari club Al Sadd, had been approached by Barca to replace Ernesto Valverde before Quique Setien was appointed in January.

Barca are two points behind leaders Real Madrid with six matches remaining in the campaign.

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

“The biggest hope I have now is to be Barca coach and get Barca back to winning ways,” Spanish daily Sport quoted Xavi as saying in a video call where the 40-year-old outlined his plans for the future.

Xavi said he hoped to begin from scratch if he took over.

“I’m a club man. I would like to return at the right moment to start a project from zero. I’ve said it a lot of times but I want to take footballing decisions at Barcelona,” he added. “It’s clear that after the elections the stage would be set, of course. I’m not ruling anything out.

“They came for me in January, we were speaking. I told them the circumstances and timing weren’t right.”

Reuters

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Russia’s Karen Khachanov destroys compatriot Andrey Kuznetsov to reach US Open 3rd round

Khachanov needed three sets (6-3, 6-4, 6-1) and less than two hours to book a spot in the third round of the tennis major. In contrast to his first match at Flushing Meadows, where he was forced to play a…

Caps rally vs. Pens, reclaim top spot in Metro

It still probably wasn’t the exact way they want to play, but the Washington Capitals found a way to end their four-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a four-goal third period they were able to rally for a…

Why PSG really lost the Champions League final

It is the image that has gone around the world, and has led to a lot of schadenfreude, but maybe more interesting was what immediately followed. Neymar had just walked past the European Cup, unable to stop himself from touching…

Report: NBA could play 50-game season if Dec. 22 start not agreed to

The NBA wants to play a 72-game season beginning Dec. 22. Players are balking at starting so soon. So, the league is making threats – like a 50-game season. Marc Stein of The New York Times: NBA players may only…