Xavi Hernandez ready to take Barcelona's managerial job only on his terms

Xavi Hernandez ready to take Barcelona's managerial job only on his terms

- Xavi Hernandez could be named the next Barcelona manager

- The 40-year-old currently manages Qatari club Al Sadd and has already won two titles with them

- Xavi insists bringing Neymar back to the Camp Nou will be part of his first assignments at the Catalan club

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has confirmed his readiness to manage his former club but only on his terms.

The 40-year-old Spaniard spent close to two seasons at the Camp Nou with four Champions League, three La Ligas and several other domestic and continental titles.

He retired from football in 2019 and went straight into coaching at the Qatari based club Al Sadd - and has already won two titles (Qatari Super Cup: 2019, Qatar Cup: 2020) as a manager.

The Spaniard was offered a chance to take over from Ernesto Valverde late last year but he turned it down with reasons best known to him.

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Quique Setien was appointed instead and has been decent since he took over with Barca topping the table with two points better than Real Madrid.

However, the offer could return to the table with all football activities currently on suspension until further notice due to coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Mirror, the former midfielder will only accept the job if they allow him to work without interference.

He told La Vanguardi: "I am clear that I want to return to Barcelona, I am very excited.

"Maybe years ago I could give myself some respect, but now that I have seen myself coaching I think I can bring things to the players.

"But I made it clear to them that I saw myself in a project that started from zero, and in which the decision making was mine.

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"I would like to work together with people in whom I have confidence, with whom there is loyalty, and who are very valid people.

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"There can't be anyone toxic around the dressing room. I'm very much a team player; I don't want to decide alone.

"Here [at Al Sadd], we make decisions with the staff... it is a horizontal structure, of consensus. Even though I have the last word on the matter."

The retired football star has also insisted that signing former star Neymar remains one of his major assignment if he takes the job.

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"I would sign wingers, like Neymar - I do not know if he would fit in a non-football sense, but football-wise I do not have doubts that he would be a spectacular transfer," he said.

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"Barcelona already have a style of play in the middle of the park... but they lack wingers like Bayern [Munich] have. "There don't need to be many new ones: Jadon Sancho, Serge Gnabry..."

Legit.ng earlier reported that former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique believes no other player comes close to Lionel Messi when it comes to talent.

The Spanish national team boss was in charge of the Catalan club from 2014-17 where he led them to win three titles including the Champions League at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Although the former football star says Andres Iniesta is the only player who has a little semblance with the Argentine - he insisted that Messi is in the world of his own.

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