10 Jun Xavi able to handle Barcelona, teaching Lionel Messi could be a ‘privilege’
Xavi Hernandez has mentioned he is able to handle Barcelona and that having to teach former teammate Lionel Messi could be a “privilege” and never an issue.
The Al Sadd coach was strongly linked with the Barca job this summer season earlier than president Joan Laporta determined to stay with Ronald Koeman.
Xavi, 41, says he has had no contact with Laporta since he took workplace in March, however confirmed he’s open to provides as he seems to the following stage of his teaching profession.
“I’m at all times on the market,” he mentioned at a information convention Thursday to sign the beginning of the 23rd Campus Xavi, a summer season coaching camp for kids in Catalonia.
“The membership determined to proceed with Koeman and I want him the perfect. In these final 4 months, I’ve not had any contact with [Laporta] or anybody from the board.
“I do not know when the second will arrive however, for me, it might be a dream to return to Barca sooner or later. I am in no rush, truthfully, however I hope it occurs.”
Xavi, who spent 24 years at Barca as a participant after becoming a member of the academy in 1991, additionally hit again at critics who’ve mentioned he would not have sufficient expertise for the highest job at Camp Nou.
“I perceive folks might imagine I’m not prepared, however I need to make it clear that I’m,” he added.
“I do know the membership, the surroundings… I’m teaching at an expert stage, not children, and I really feel ready. Folks additionally criticised [Pep] Guardiola and [Zinedine] Zidane earlier than they took cost at Barca and [Real] Madrid.
“However Koeman’s the coach now and you need to respect that. I do not need there to be a everlasting debate about that.”
Koeman has a yr to run on his contract and Laporta confirmed final week he’ll get the possibility to fulfil his deal following a “interval of reflection.”
His future had been below menace following simply two wins within the ultimate six video games of the season as Atletico Madrid gained La Liga.
Xavi, who twice turned down the Barca job below the earlier board as a result of the “second wasn’t proper,” additionally mentioned he would welcome the possibility to teach former teammates, resembling Messi, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.
“For me, it might be a bonus [to work with them],” he mentioned. “I am in a state of affairs at Al Sadd the place I’m teaching gamers I performed with and I believe it helps, as a result of you realize them.
“What coach would not need to practice Messi? Who would not need a joker up their sleeve like Leo, who could make the distinction in 0.1 seconds? Bodily he’s nonetheless in good condition. He’s nonetheless the perfect. It will be an enormous privilege to teach Messi.”
Xavi mentioned he is open to all proposals and would welcome the possibility to work within the Premier League if an “enticing” supply arrived, though he closed the door on the opportunity of teaching Barca’s B team.