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Pep Guardiola expects Xavi to manage Barcelona ‘sooner or later’

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The Man City boss is excited by the thought

Barcelona FC head coach Josep Guardiola Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images

Pep Guardiola expects Xavi to take charge of Barcelona “sooner or later” and says he’s excited by the prospect of the former midfielder taking charge at the Camp Nou.

Xavi has made no secret of his desire to return to Barca as manager one day and is currently in charge of Qatari side Al Sadd.

Guardiola spoke about Xavi in an interview with Catalunya Radio and made it clear he thinks Xavi will have a successful career in management.

“Xavi was already a manager when he played. His eyes sparkled watching football. He will be a manager for sure. There are people who play and you would never say they will be managers.

“This is not the case. Xavi could be a manager wherever he likes, not just at Barcelona. You have to give him time. Sooner or later, he will manage Barcelona. He’s still young, he knows football, he watches it, he has passion, dedication, he is brave and bold and he says things clearly too.

“It would excite me to see him manage Barcelona. On top of everything, he likes to manage and he focuses on everything.”

Source | AS

Xavi made a fine start to his career in charge of Al Sadd, winning his first trophy in August in the Qatar Super Cup. Yet his team hit a bit of a bad patch in October and lost three games in a row. They were also knocked out of the 2019 AFC Champions League 2019 in the semi-finals by Al Hilal.