Legendary Barcelona midfielder, Xavi Hernandez has revealed that he is ready to take the managerial reigns of his former club and that it would be a huge privilege to manage his former team-mate, Lionel Messi.
Xavi who is the current coach of Al Sadd has been strongly linked with a return to the Nou Camp as a manager and was even linked with the post recently, only for club president, Joan Laporta to decide to stick with incumbent, Ronald Koeman as manager for the upcoming season.
The 41-year-old reiterated that he has had no contact with Laporta since he took office in March, but confirmed he is open to offers as he looks to the next stage of his coaching career.
"I am always on the market. The club decided to continue with Koeman and I wish him the best. In these last four months, I have not had any contact with [Laporta] or anyone from the board. I don't know when the moment will arrive but, for me, it would be a dream to return to Barca one day. I'm in no rush, honestly, but I hope it happens," he said at a news conference.
"What coach wouldn't want to train Messi? Who wouldn't want a joker up their sleeve like Leo, who can make the difference in 0.1 seconds? Physically he is still in good shape. He is still the best. It would be a huge privilege to coach Messi."
It will be interesting to see whether the legendary Spaniard does change his mind in the near future, as according to reports he twice turned down the Barcelona job in the past under the previous board.