Former Barcelona ace Xavi Hernandez has revealed his future plans and has expressed his desire to return to boyhood club Barcelona.
The midfield maestro is currently plying his trade in Qatar for Al Sadd but plans to return to his native country once his contract ends with the Qatari club.
BARCELONA CLOSE TO HEART
He reveals that the Catalonian club with always be a part of his life and that he wants to manage them at some point.
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Speaking to FourFourTwo, Xavi said: “My ultimate objective is to coach Barcelona. I’m not hiding that. I want to work again for that house I consider a home.”
The 36-year-old disclosed that his love for the game has always been the same since the start of his career with the La Liga giants in 1998.
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“I want to stay linked with football, close to the pitch. I would hate to be locked up in an office.”
“Whenever I have a quiet ten minutes I turn on the TV to watch football. My wife knows, she hates football.”
The World Cup winner admits that he still follows Barcelona closely even after ending his 24-year association with the club last summer.
“I study team selections and look on my phone to see who has scored.”
“For now it is still a hobby, and that’s the secret. If I didn’t have to train every day I would play five-a-side with my mates.”
AMBASSADOR OF FOOTBALL
The former Spanish international is in the twilight stage of his professional career and will spend the next two years in the Middle East. He is also the ambassador of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“I’m playing in Qatar. It’s a professional league – you can’t just coast through games, because everyone is well-prepared physically and the teams are evenly matched – but it’s not like Europe.
"Tactically, it’s not that well developed. But I love playing football and Al Sadd play a possession game, so I touch the ball over 100 times per game.”
Despite his age, Xavi is still thought of as one of the best of his generation. His passing, set-pieces, long shots and through balls made him one of the most consistent players to grace the Camp Nou.
He made 767 appearances during his illustrious spell with the Blaugrana in all competitions, scoring 85 goals in eight successful La Liga campaigns and four Champions League titles.
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