Barcelona's legendary midfielder Xavi Hernandez has said that coaching the Catalan giants one day is his dream. He also added that he currently sees himself as a player and not a coach, and is not in contention to replace Luis Enrique at the end of the season.
Following outgoing manager Luis Enrique's announcement of his departure at the end of the season, many people started suggesting Xavi's name as a possible replacement.
The 37-year-old, who is currently playing for Al Saad in the Qatari League, doesn't have the necessary coaching experience yet to take charge of a team like Barcelona.
Speaking to Le Parisien, as reported by AS, he said, "Becoming Barcelona coach is a dream. And I am on the path of making it an actual project. I am working on becoming a coach, I have yet to earn my coaching badges."
He went on to elaborate, "There are a lot of things to learn when it comes to dealing with a dressing room with 25 players and with a technical and medical staff."
The midfielder then unequivocally dismissed becoming the coach of Barcelona, saying, "But replacing Luis Enrique next season already is not possible. I have yet to pass my exams. I am still thinking like a footballer rather than a coach. Next season will be my last as a player. From there on we will see what happens."
Xavi Hernandez's last season at the club came under Luis Enrique, as the club won the treble back in 2014/15. However, he wasn't a regular first team member, and left the team in search of regular playing time, and joined Al Saad in Qatar.
The last time the club took on a former player who came through the academy as coach, it was Pep Guardiola in 2008. Considering Xavi shares the same principles in terms of how to play football, it will be interesting to see if he takes up the job sometime in the future.