Former Barcelona midfield maestro Xavi wants to return to the Camp Nou, but in a different role altogether. In an interview with Sport, the Spaniard was adamant of a return to Spain as the coach of his former club.
Xavi Hernandez has won most caps for Barcelona, where he established himself in the heart of the club’s midfield after progressing from La Masia, the Barca youth academy. Xavi made his La Liga debut for the Spanish giants against Valencia in 1998. The midfielder since had won 8 La Liga and 4 Champions League titles with the club before leaving for the Arabic side Al Sadd in 2015.
As they say you can take player out of the club but not the club out of the player, Xavi still fancies a leading role with the Catalan side. In a recent interview he has expressed his desire to return at Barcelona as the head coach.
“I want to be a manager; I don’t want to hide it. And obviously I don’t want to hide the fact that sooner or later, I want to be manager of Barcelona. But first, I have to learn and that’s not a one month, two month or three month process, but takes years. To coach Barcelona, you have to be very, very well trained but, as I said, my dream is to sit on Barça’s bench as manager one day.”
Well, Xavi being himself, is well aware about the challenge the role would bring along and the legend is ready to take the responsibility in a role reversal at his former club.
When asked about a possible return of Hector Bellerin from Arsenal, the former Barcelona player was not in favour of signing players who have left the club once, talking about the same, he said: “I haven’t seen him play much, but I’ll say one thing: it would be difficult for me to sign a player we’d already had.”