Xavi is considering work at Barcelona and an opportunity to coach superstar captain Lionel Messi, insisting he is ready to work at Camp Nou.
Barca great Xavi has long been linked with the role of head coach and he was strongly advised to return to the club before president Joan Laporta decided to retain Ronald Koeman.
Xavi signed a new contract with Al Sadd in May, binding the 41-year-old with the Qatari team until 2023.
But Xavi, who held the record for most Barca appearances before he was beaten by Messi last season, intends to take the reins at some point.
“I’m still in the market,” Xavi said at a press conference Thursday. “The club have decided to continue with Koeman and I wish him the best.
“During the past four months, I have had no contact with [president Laporta] or someone from the board.
“I don’t know when the time will come but for me it would be a dream to return to Barca one day. I’m in no rush, honestly, but I hope it will.
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“I understand that people think I’m not ready, but I want to make it clear that I am.
“I know the club, the environment… I train at a professional level, no children, and I feel prepared. People also criticized [Pep] Guardiola and [Zinedine] Zidane before taking over Barca and [Real] Madrid.
“But Koeman is the coach now and you have to respect that. I don’t want there to be an ongoing debate about this.
Xavi played alongside Messi, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets at Barca, where he won eight La Liga trophies and four Champions League titles, among other honors.
“For me, it would be an advantage [to work with them]. I’m in a situation at Al Sadd where I coach players I’ve played with and I think that helps, because you know them, ”added Xavi.
“What coach wouldn’t want to coach Messi? Who wouldn’t want a wild card up their sleeve like Leo, who can tell the difference in 0.1 seconds? Physically, he is still in good shape. He’s still the best. It would be a huge privilege to coach Messi.
Xavi guided Al Sadd to the successes of the Qatar Stars League (2020-21), Qatar Cup (2020 and 2021), Qatari Super Cup (2019), Emir of Qatar Cup (2020) and the Qatari Stars Cup (2019) since becoming a coach in 2019..