Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has confirmed he wants to manage the club one day as he begins his coaching career at Al Sadd.
The 39-year-old is bringing his illustrious playing career to a close with the Qatari club as he begins his management career with the club, but he has confirmed he wants to take the helm at the Camp Nou in the future.
“My idea is to start managing here in Qatar to gain experience,” Xavi told EFE press agency, as cited by Marca.
“This will set me up to return to European football and yes, hopefully it will be Barcelona, but right now I am not in that position.
“I am not ready to take this sort of role at top level and I need to be able to take small steps before reaching my ultimate goal.
“I have many ideas and concepts of how I want football to be played and how I would like to pass that on to future players.
“I have always been a massive admirer of how Barcelona play, their control of the game and their style – it is something I want to reflect in my own career as Coach.”