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Xavi speaks out over replacing Ronald Koeman at Barcelona

Xavi speaks out over replacing Ronald Koeman at Barcelona

 

FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has, on Friday, spoken publicly regarding the possibility of taking his place in the dugout at the Camp Nou.

Koeman’s days numbered?

Speculation surrounding a potential Blaugrana return for Xavi has of course kicked up a notch of late.

This comes amid widespread calls for change on the bench in Catalunya.

Current boss Ronald Koeman has long represented a divisive figure amongst the Barcelona faithful, with a less-than-impressive opening to the campaign having seen more and more of a Blaugrana persuasion turn against the fiery Dutchman.

In turn, despite Barca having managed wins in their two outings on the back of the international break, the widespread assumption remains that Koeman’s days at the Camp Nou are very much numbered.

Xavi speaks out over replacing Ronald Koeman at Barcelona

CADIZ, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 23: Ronald Koeman, head coach of FC Barcelona, looks on prior the spanish league, La Liga Santander, football match played between Cadiz CF and FC Barcelona at Nuevo Mirandilla stadium on September 23, 2021, in Cadiz, Spain. (Photo By Joaquin Corchero/Europa Press via Getty Images)

‘My dream’

Who, though, could step in to replace Koeman?

Amid a transitional period in the Catalan capital, Joan Laporta and co. are no doubt aware that their next choice of manager will prove integral when it comes to the club’s prospects over the seasons ahead.

To this point, the likes of Roberto Martinez and even Andrea Pirlo have been tipped as potential targets on the part of the Barca hierarchy.

Xavi speaks out over replacing Ronald Koeman at Barcelona

TURIN, ITALY – MAY 15: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Andrea Pirlo, head coach of Juventus FC gestures during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale at on May 15, 2021 in Turin, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sportinfoto/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Without question the most persistently linked tactician, however, has been Xavi Hernandez.

Blaugrana icon Xavi is currently honing his managerial craft in the middle east, with Qatar Stars League outfit Al Sadd.

However, it has frequently been suggested that the one-time midfield maestro is simply biding his time, in the hopes of securing a return to former stomping grounds at the Camp Nou.

And, if the aforementioned comments on the part of Xavi himself are anything to go by, then the 41-year-old appears to be eyeing precisely that.

Speaking in an interview with 20 Minutes on Friday, Xavi was drawn on the possibility of linking back up with Barcelona, this time as the man in the dugout.

And the tactician was not shy in admitting that such a development represents not only his ‘idea’, but also a personal ‘dream’:

 

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Aminat Aigbe

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