Updated: Apr 9, 2020
The former Spain international will only become the Barca boss if he is free to make his own decisions at the club.
Former Barcelona star Xavi has admitted that he is prepared to manage Los Cules but also insisted “toxicity” must be cleared from the dressing room at the Camp Nou. The ex-Spain midfield maestro spent most of his playing career at Barca, playing more than 700 matches for the Blaugranas before securing a move to Qatar Stars League club Al Sadd, where he later became the football manager. “I am clear that I want to return to Barcelona, I am very excited,” Xavi said in an interview with La Vanguardia. “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.”
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According to widespread reports, the LaLiga giants Barcelona already approached Xavi after the sacking of Ernesto Valverde, but the 40-year-old did not think it was the right time to take the job. He added: “I have no problem: I don’t hide, I don’t take it back. “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 won won eight La Liga titles and lifted four Champions League trophies during his time at the Nou Camp, and was a key member of the Spanish side that secured three successive major tournament wins [Euro 2008 and 2012 and the 2010 World Cup].
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