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Xavi: My greatest desire now is to coach Barcelona

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Xavi Hernandez says he and his technical staff are thoroughly preparing as it is in his ambitions to succeed as a Barcelona manager.

FC Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez is widely considered as one of the greatest midfielders in the history of the sport.

A product of the club’s famed youth academy La Masia, Xavi made his first senior appearance in 1998. He quickly established himself as the key member of the team before becoming their principal playmaker.

The Spaniard enjoyed a quite trophy-laden 27-year spell at Camp Nou, winning multiple La Liga, Champions League, and Club World Cup titles.

As many great players do, he embarked on a coaching journey after hanging up his boots last year.

The 2010 World Cup winner now wants to return to his boyhood club in an attempt to replicate the successes he enjoyed a player.

“The greatest wish I have now is to be the Barcelona coach and make Barcelona successful. As a consequence, our technical staff is preparing a lot and we are very excited,” said Xavi [via Sport].

Xavi also revealed that the Catalans had offered him the managerial position after Ernesto Valverde‘s dismissal in January. He rejected the offer saying the timing didn’t quite feel right then.

“I’m a club person,” he added. “And what I would like is to have all the conditions to come back at the exact moment to start a project from scratch.

“I have already said this many times, but I would like to be able to make football decisions at Barcelona.”