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Xavi considering career in coaching and learning English

| 19.11.2014

Undoubtedly, one of the most cultured, intelligent players of the modern game, Barcelona’s metronome and current captain Xavi is thinking about pursuing a position in coaching when his playing career comes to an end.

His club are two points adrift of Real Madrid are currently 13/8 with Coral to win La Liga, and the 34-year-old has been merely a bit-part player under new boss Luis Enrique this season so far. With his current contract set to run until the summer of 2016, Xavi does have a bit of time to think about his latest contemplation.

“I don’t have much time left to play, I am 34 and will turn 35 in January,” Xavi revealed to Spanish media. “I want to enjoy this stage and get as much from it, everyone tells me that it’s the best one.”

The player retired from international football in the summer, after 14 years in which he won two European Championships and one World Cup.

Young players will be pleased to know that he is seriously thinking about coaching when he hangs up his boots and, like Enrique and former Barca coach Pep Guardiola, has everything at his disposal to become very successful.

“After retiring I would like to coach and learn English,” Xavi said. “I don’t know what the future will bring but I would like to be remain in football, and of course, with Barcelona.”

Xavi very nearly left Barcelona in the summer, with lucrative offers said to be on the table from clubs in the Middle East and MLS, however it appears it isn’t that easy to leave the Nou Camp when you have been there all of your life.

“We thought that perhaps [this summer] was the best time to leave the club but in the end, the heart takes over,” Xavi added.

The fact that he is learning English could also equip him for a position in the Premier League, which could see him follow in the footsteps of Everton boss and rising star, Roberto Martinez.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
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