Since he decided to put an end to his playing career and start a new stage as a coach, Xavi Hernández has always been in the orbit of Barcelona. The Catalan knows Can Barça like few others and has always made it clear that one day he would love to train at the Camp Nou.

However, The former captain of Barcelona rejected the proposal to train Barcelona last January, when the club fired Ernesto Valverde. Now, in an interview with El País, the former player has once again made it clear that it is not yet the time to return to Barcelona.

I don’t think now is the time to go back. There is external noise, extra-sports issues … I don’t think it’s now, no. In January I told them that it was not the time and now they have not contacted me. As culé, I wish them the best. I respect Quique Setién a lot. He has a game manual very similar to what Barça needs, which is Cruyffismo. Another thing is that the results accompany, « said Xavi.

However, he does not rule out training Barça one day: «I am delighted to continue gaining experience, challenging myself. Of course it would be a privilege for me to train Barcelona one day, with a dream team: with Jordi Cruyff, Carles Puyol and some current players. I would like to make a team with valid people who know the house, people I trust, « he said.

« Messi needs Barça and Barça needs Messi »

The situation of Leo Messi in Barcelona was also the subject of conversation in the interview: «They have to make him happy, with Leo Messi happy they will win more titles. Messi needs Barça and Barça needs Messi. I maintain a great friendship with him, I respect him a lot. It is a competitive animal, it always wants to win. For ten years he has been the best footballer in the world. Hopefully we can meet again on a professional level. To have the best player in history in your team is to have an ace up your sleeve, « he said.

Xavi is already fully recovered after passing the coronavirus. The Catalan is back in training with Al Sadd, acquiring the necessary experience to perhaps one day assume the task of recovering the essence of Barcelona from the Camp Nou bench.