When the days of Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setién were numbered at FC Barcelona, Xavi’s name often came up. And for good reason. Exiled in Qatar since 2015, the emblematic former midfielder of the Blaugranas has been requested twice by the former president culé, Josep Maria Bartomeu, but has always preferred to decline the offer. Bis repeated in recent months, once Joan Laporta returned to power. Announced as a possible successor to a Ronald Koeman stamped Bartomeu, the 2010 world champion has extended his contract with Al-Sadd until 2023.
What put an end to the rumors concerning a return to Europe? Not really. On the occasion of the presentation of its summer campus, Xavi has clearly put himself in the market and made a very nice kick kick to his club of hearts. “I’m still in the market. I have been a coach for two years and have a very good relationship with Laporta. He decides, I couldn’t speak with him. They decided to continue the adventure with Koeman and I wish him the best. I imagine that if they decided that, it was for the best of the club. I am always up to date with what Barca are doing because I am an ass. But I haven’t had any contact with management for three or four months. I don’t know when that moment will come ”, he said, before continuing.
Xavi doesn’t want a small team
“I’m in the market, but I’m in no rush. It’s a dream. I never imagined getting two offers to come back, but they did come. I try to prepare for the day when Barça, or another club, will come. I’m ready, but I’m in no rush. “ Koeman confirmed in his functions, but under contract until 2022, Xavi therefore seems to be targeting a comeback in Catalonia once the Batavian’s lease is over, or even before if the latter is landed. In any case, the coach of Al-Sadd displays high ambitions.
“I feel ready, even if I understand that one might think the opposite. But I am. I know the club, the team and the whole environment. Koeman has the right to continue. It doesn’t hurt to be questioned. Zidane and Guardiola were also criticized when they started (their coaching career). But I don’t train children, I train professionals. I do not rule out anything (as a future proposal). I’m fine in Doha, it’s a good experience. The championship is not very popular, but it is a very competitive league. But I would study whatever comes up. My idea is not Barça B. It would not be a drama to train a training club, but I want to train at the highest level. “ We couldn’t be clearer.