Xavi admits he is ready to coach Barcelona

Xavi believes one day he will coach Barcelona.

Barcelona has decided to start the new season with Ronald Koeman in charge for the second successive year.

Xavi who has been long-linked with the Barcelona job admits that he would love to return to his former club as a manager in the near future.

The Barca legend has signed a two-year contract extension with Al Sadd in May.

“I am always on the market! The club decided to continue with Koeman and I wish him the best. In these last four months, I have not had any contact with [Laporta] or anyone from the board,” Xavi said at a news conference on Thursday.

“I don’t know when the moment will arrive but, for me, it would be a dream to return to Barca one day. I’m in no rush, honestly, but I hope it happens.

“I understand people may think I am not ready, but I want to make it clear that I am. I know the club, the environment… I am coaching at a professional level, not kids, and I feel prepared.

“People also criticised [Pep] Guardiola and [Zinedine] Zidane before they took charge at Barca and [Real] Madrid. But Koeman’s the coach now and you have to respect that. I don’t want there to be a permanent debate about that.”


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