Xavi Hernandez has been strongly linked with becoming Barcelona head coach in the last couple of years, but the Al Sadd boss has revealed that he has not received a phone call about replacing Ronald Koeman.
The 41-year-old, who made 767 appearances for Barcelona during his playing days, nevertheless keeps an eye on what is going on at the Camp Nou.
“I’m always on the market. I’ve been coach for two years and I have a very good relationship with [Barcelona president Joan] Laporta,” Xavi said at the presentation of the Xavi Hernandez Campus in Barcelona.
“He decides, I have not been able to talk to him. They have decided to stick with Koeman and I wish him all the best.
“Whatever he has decided, I imagine it will be the best for the club. I’m always aware of what Barcelona are doing, I’m still very invested in the club, but in these three or four months I haven’t had any contact with anyone on the board.”
Despite lots of rumours about Xavi one day becoming Barcelona head coach, he is in no rush.
“I don’t know when that moment will come. I’m on the market, but I’m not in a hurry,” he noted.
“It’s a dream and an ambition of mine. I couldn’t imagine having two offers to come back, and they arrived [both during Josep Maria Bartomeu‘s presidency].
“I try to be ready for when Barcelona or another club arrives. I’m ready, but I’m not in a hurry. I hope that everything will come to fruition.”
It seems increasingly likely that Lionel Messi will now stay at Barcelona, despite the club’s perilous financial position, which is a decision that the retired midfielder is happy about.
“I think he will stay, but it’s his word and his decision,” Xavi stated.
“He has earned the right to decide, he is the best player in Barcelona‘s history. I hope, as a Barcelona fan, that he will stay.”
Some have questioned whether Xavi would like to coach Messi at Barcelona due to their past together, but that is a notion the former No.6 dismissed.
“What coach wouldn’t like to coach Messi. He’s physically fine… he’s still the best,” he commented.
“He makes the difference in 0.1 seconds. It would be an enormous privilege [to coach him].”
Given that Koeman remains in charge of Barcelona, would Xavi be open to joining the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel in the Premier League?
“Why not? Everyone speaks well of it,” he said.
“There’s even more respect for the professionals.”
Luis Enrique is the current Spain boss, but is that a job that he would be keen on one day having?
“I am open to any offer,” Xavi responded.
“I see myself more at a club, I like the day to day [work]. But I don’t see it as the end of my career; Luis Enrique is not at the end.”