Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has not ruled out the possibility of coaching hosts Qatar at the 2022 World Cup.
The ex-Spain international’s contract with Qatari club Al Sadd, whom he joined in 2015 after ending his 24-year association with Barca, expires next summer.
The 37-year-old has been working as an assistant to compatriot Felix Sanchez since the latter was appointed interim Qatar coach in July.
When asked about eventually taking charge of Qatar, Xavi was quoted by AFP as saying: “Why not? I think it would be nice to be a coach here for the national team.
“We will see. I need experience, I need staff, I need everything but at least I know the Qatari players, I know the environment here. I am here to help them to be better, to compete well at this World Cup. I think my aim is to be the head coach.”
Xavi Hernandez has always stated that his next move would be coaching once his playing career is over.
“I started to think as a coach two or three years ago,” he said.
Xavi, who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain as well as two European Championships, has yet to acquire his coaching badges.
As a future manager, Xavi, who won eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns with Barca, is keen to follow the vision of some of his former Blaugrana coaches.
“I think that we must follow this legacy of Johann Cruyff, of Frank Rijkaard, [Louis] van Gaal, Pep Guardiola, not only in Barcelona but also in the world of football,” he said. “Everybody enjoyed our style, in Barcelona and the national team. I think we have to follow this way.”