Barcelona legend Xavi wants to coach in the Premier League as the pressure rises on Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino.
Barcelona legend Xavi has admitted to Sky Sports that he is interested in getting his budding managerial career off the ground in the Premier League while naming Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal as two of the clubs he would be keen to coach.
After a staggering playing career in which a midfield maestro won eight La Liga titles, four Champions League and the 2010 World Cup, the Spaniard is now looking to follow in the footsteps of his idol Pep Guardiola by hoovering up trophies aplenty in the dugout too.
Xavi is currently learning his trade with Al Sadd in Qatar, winning three games out of three and scoring 13 goals so far with the 39-year-old clearly making free-flowing attacking football a key part of his coaching philosophy.
And one of the most intelligent footballers of his generation insists that he would struggle to turn down a chance to coach in Europe’s most competitive league and, interestingly, he has namedropped Tottenham and Arsenal, but not Liverpool, as potential destinations.
“That is my goal, but obviously, who doesn’t like the Premier League? The football atmosphere, the packed stadiums and the people who play in the Premier League say it’s extraordinary,” Xavi said.
“Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, [Manchester] City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.”
After a slow start to the season, questions have once again been asked about the future of Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs with The Mirror (24 September, page 50) claiming that Real Madrid have once again made him the number one choice to potentially replace Zinedine Zidane.
Arsenal fans meanwhile may be enthused about the prospect of a Guardiola disciple bringing glory back to the red half of North London. The Gunners gave serious consideration to Mikel Arteta before hiring the divisive Unai Emery, as reported by The Independent, so Xavi might just enter their thoughts.