Xavi has told Sky Sports that he is open to managing one of the bigger clubs in the Premier League but has completely snubbed Liverpool in a list of English teams he would manage, which includes Tottenham and Arsenal.
Xavi, 39, has retired from professional football after last turning out for Qatar Stars League side Al-Sadd – where he scored 25 goals in 115 games. He has since taken over the club as manager, winning five of his opening seven games.
The Barcelona legend, who has amassed a huge 29 club titles throughout his illustrious career, is still very new to management but his legendary status in football is likely to give him a leg up the management ladder.
The Spaniard was asked if he would ever consider a Premier League side to manage, with Barcelona understandably his dream job. He listed five sides he would manage, including Spurs and Arsenal, but completely snubbed Liverpool.
“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.”
TBR’s view – Could Arsenal or Spurs consider Xavi?
Unai Emery is under enormous pressure. A difficult start to the Premier League campaign has been somewhat saved by Emery, with Arsenal sitting in fourth. But the former PSG boss needs to improve, under the expectant weight of supporters.
Mauricio Pochettino’s job is much safer given he has been in the job since 2014. However, Spurs have just eight points from six league games and sit in seventh place. A disappointing draw in Greece has piled the pressure on Pochettino, too.
Xavi’s footballing career and ethos would certainly fit right at home with the style of both Spurs and Arsenal. Whether he is likely to get a job as big as Spurs or Arsenal straight away, though, is unlikely.