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Last Updated: June 20th 2020, 8:30 pm

Xavi ready to go back to Barcelona

Xavi feels ready to take charge of Barcelona and manage them, but insists there cannot be any "toxicity" among the players.

 

Xavi spent almost his entire career at Barcelona, from 1998 to 2015, and played more than 700 matches.

 

When he was at the club he won eight LaLiga titles and lifted four Champions League trophies, also played a crucial role in Spain's three successive major tournament wins at Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.


 

The 40-year-old recently is managing Qatar Stars League club Al Sadd, where he ended his career as a footballer.


 

However, in a recent interview for La Vanguardia, Xavi stated that he wanted to go back to Barcelona.

 

"I am clear that I want to return to Barcelona, I am very excited," said Xavi.

 

"Now that I have seen myself coaching I think I can bring things to the players.

 

"But I made it clear to them that I saw myself in a project that started from zero, and in which the decision making was mine."

 

Barcelona have shown interest in Xavi, and offered him the managing spot when Ernesto Valverde was sacked in January, but the former midfielder rejected the offer as it was not the right time.

 


"I have no problem: I don't hide, I don't take it back," explained the Spaniard.

 

"I would like to work together with people in whom I have confidence, with whom there is loyalty, and who are very valid people.

 

"There can't be anyone toxic around the dressing room."

 

Xavi even outlined what he wants to see in the Catalans side.

 

"I would sign wingers, like Neymar - I don't know if he would fit in due to the social issue, but football-wise I have no doubts it would be a spectacular signing.’’

 

Xavi even said that if he was the manager he would sign Jadon Sancho or Serge Gnabry.