Xavi has revealed that he has not received a phone call to replace Ronald Koeman
Xavi, who made 767 appearances for Barcelona during his playing days, still keeps an eye on what is going on at the Blaugrana.
Xavi is always on the market
Xavi has been strongly linked with becoming Barcelona head coach in the past couple of years, but the Al-Sadd boss has revealed that he has not received a phone call to replace Ronald Koeman. Xavi, who made 767 appearances for Barcelona during his playing days, still keeps an eye on what is going on at the Blaugrana. “I am always on the market. I was a coach for two years, and I have a perfect relationship with Barcelona president Joan Laporta,” Xavi said. “He decides, I haven’t been able to talk to him. They have decided to stay with Koeman, and I wish him all the best.”
The Al-Sadd coach is ready, but he’s in no rush
“Whatever he has decided, I think it will be the best for the club. I always know what Barcelona are doing, I still invest a lot in the club, but in these three or four months, I have not had any contact with anyone in a board of directors.” Despite many rumours about Xavi one day becoming Barcelona head coach, he is in no rush. “I do not know when that moment will come. I am on the market, but I am in no hurry,” he said. It is my dream and aspiration. I could not imagine having two offers to return, and they arrived during the presidency of Josep Maria Bartomeu. I try to be prepared for when Barcelona or another club arrives. I’m ready, but I’m in no rush. I hope everything will come to fulfilment.”
It seems more and more likely that Lionel Messi will stay at Barcelona despite the club’s precarious financial situation, which is a decision that the retired midfielder is happy about. “I think he will stay, but it is his word and his decision,” Xavi said. “He deserves the right to decide, and he is the best player in Barcelona’s history. As a Barcelona fan, I hope he will stay”. Some have wondered if Xavi would like to coach Messi at Barcelona because of their past together, but the former No.6 has dismissed that notion. “What coach would not like to coach Messi. He is physically fine; he is still the best,” he commented. “He makes a difference in 0.1 seconds. It would be a huge privilege to coach him.”