Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez is looking forward to his coaching career as he closes in on his final professional match for Al Sadd
There are rumours he would move in swiftly to replace Valverde at the Camp Nou, but Xavi insisted that he isn’t targeting the head coaching job at Barcelona just yet.
A reasonable target for him is a career in the oil-rich Qatar league before making the switch to a top side.
“The idea is to start my managerial career here in Qatar where there is less pressure so that I can test the water and gain some valuable experience, before eventually returning to Europe and hopefully Barcelona,” Xavi said in an interview with Efe via Marca.
“I am champing at the bit to get started as a manager.
“As things stand, I do not consider myself to be ready to become a manager at the top level.
“I need to walk before I can run.
“Obviously my ultimate goal is to end up becoming the Barcelona coach, but I need to learn the ropes before I can start thinking about that.
“I have lots of ideas and footballing concepts that I want to pass on to my future players.
“Football can be played in many different ways, but I have always been a huge fan of Barcelona’s approach.
“The way in which they control the game and keep the ball is the style that I have grown up with and it is the style that I will use when I am a coach.”