Barcelona legendary midfielder, Xavi has set his eyes on managing a Premier League club should a chance to manage Barcelona fail to materialize.
The 2010 World Cup winner has listed Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and United as dream future destinations even as his coaching career progresses.
The Spaniard called it time on his career in Ma, following a trophy-laden career that saw him rack up 700 appearances and lift 35 trophies.
The 39-year-old ran out the last four years of his well-paying career with Qatar-based club, Al Sadd, before accepting a role as the club’s permanent head coach earlier this summer transfer window.
The former Spain International still has a truck load of things to learn about managing but already has his eyes set on being the Blaugranas.
“I don’t hide it, my goal is to return to Europe and return to Barca, it is my challenge ahead, but I’m still learning in this project and I’m also enjoying it,” Xavi told Sky Sports.”My idea, which also happened to me as a footballer, is to be in Barcelona.
“Training this type of team would be a privilege and the greatest privilege for me would be to return to Barca.
“That is my goal.”
Alternatively, the Spaniard would be open to accepting a managerial role in the Premier League, labelling the league as “extraordinary”.
“Who doesn’t like the Premier League?” Xavi added.
“The football atmosphere, the packed stadiums and the people who play in the Premier League say it’s extraordinary.
“Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, [Manchester] City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.
“Also, [Jurgen] Klopp and [Mauricio] Pochettino and Unai Emery, many people who have gone there are doing an extraordinary job.”
He was full of praises for Pep Guardiola who managed Barcelona between 2008 and 2012.
He admits that the Spanish gaffer was a good reference point for him to advance his managerial skills.