Xavi hopes one day he can coach Catalan giants Barcelona.

Barcelona's midfield maestro Xavi says his playing days are numbered and wants to follow the footsteps of his former team-mate Pep Guardiola and go into coaching.

Xavi knows his time on the pitch as a footballer counts down and going into coaching is on his mind.

He was handed his senior debut at the club by current Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal when he was brought on to replace Guardiola as a midfield play maker.

The 34-year-old told El Pais: 'Hopefully I can (follow Guardiola) and even more so in my home here.

'My playing days are numbered, that is clear. I can feel it in my body as it is difficult for me to recover and I need to measure how much effort I am putting in,' said Xavi.

'I don't have the same sharpness to play every three days anymore.'

'Everyone was saying I was going to be the new hero and it was tough. This made a difference to me as it meant I went out trying to be my own person while everyone else said I was the new Guardiola.'

'You grow up quickly as footballers as you are being judged all the time. It is life, and it is the case from when you are young.'

Xavi also said he planned to retire from international football after La Roja secured back-to-back European titles but Vincente del Bosque convinced him to play on.

'I told him, "I am not enjoying it as much now, it is time for someone else," but he said, "Come on are you depressed?'' beamed Xavi.

'I told him I had thought about it a lot but he said I was very important. After what happened in Brazil though, if I had known, I would have retired then. It is still true that I have enjoyed the last two years a lot though.'

Written by Thinkfootballideas staff