Barcelona veteran Xavi Hernandez is reported to be interested in managing Doha based club Al Sadd at the end of the season.
Following in the footsteps of former mentor and Barca legend Pep Guardiola, Xavi might be looking at a new step in his career. At the end of the season, the Spaniard might take over the helm at Qatari club Al Sadd according to Marca.
A legend in Camp Nou, Xavi has achieved almost everything a footballer dreams of achieving. With three Champions League titles, two Euros and a World Cup under his belt, the Spaniard left for Qatar in 2015 to play for Al Sadd. Furthermore, the 38-year-old midfielder has won two trophies with the club. And with his current contract to expire in June, he is expected to sign a new contract according to club officials.
Despite the rumours, it is also possible that Xavi might continue to play for Al Sadd. If the club qualifies for the Asian Champions League then Xavi’s decision to become a coach might have to be postponed. According to managing director Turki Al-Ali: “The club has come to the beginning of an agreement for Xavi to continue for two more seasons, although his role has not yet been determined. He could continue as a player or just as well in another role, it will be announced soon.”
Another long-term possibility for the midfielder is a coaching position for the Qatar national team. Xavi has also had previous coaching experience having assisted fellow Spanish coach Felix Sanchez with the Qatar national team. In addition to this, he is expected to stay with the national team until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
In conclusion, a managerial position in the Nou Camp is the main objective for Xavi. Having made 765 appearances for the Blaugrana there is no doubt that he is very close to the club. If he plays his cards right and performs, then maybe a managerial position awaits him in the Nou Camp.
Xavi is a player who represents FC Barcelona. He is the living embodiment of their style and philosophy. Like Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff, he will be looking to make a similar impact to Barca, but this time as a manager. After taking over Al Sadd, the world will be eager to see him coaching the Blaugrana, sooner rather than later.