Xavi says his “ultimate ambition” is to return to Barcelona – but he is not convinced he wants the manager’s job.
The midfielder won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues in a glittering career at the Nou Camp before moving to Qatar side Al Sadd last summer, where he has combined playing with coaching young players.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports he admitted he is enjoying his coaching role – but would be wary of becoming Barcelona’s manager because of the pressures of the job.
“In terms of being Barcelona manager, it’s difficult. It complicates your life,” he said.
“I’ve seen it with Guardiola, Rijkaard, Van Gaal and now Luis Enrique. You really suffer, it’s not something just to enjoy, you suffer as well. You receive a lot of criticism in the job.
“It’s not easy, but I want to do something in football. It is my passion and what I enjoy the most. My ultimate ambition is to return to work for Barcelona one day in some capacity.
“But for now I have a great project in Qatar up until the 2022 World Cup and I want to immerse myself as much as possible in that.”
Xavi left Barcelona on a high last season as the club won La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Cup under Luis Enrique.
Instrumental to that success was the front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar and while Xavi heralded them as the best group of forwards in the club’s history he fell short of proclaiming them as the best in the history of the sport.
He added: “I don’t know if the front three is the best of all time, it would be rash to say so. For me, Messi is the best player of all time.
“The front three is one of the best in Barcelona’s history, that’s for sure. But in the whole history of football, I don’t know. It’s very difficult to say, but they’re definitely up there.
“All three create danger all by themselves. In addition to that they combine their qualities as great team players as well.
“They get on really well off the pitch and that helps. Both Neymar and Suarez have adapted well to Messi’s game.
“I think they even make Messi that little bit better.”