Xavi Hernandez, who is coaching AI-Sadd in Qatar, says his ”primary goal” is to coach Barcelona.
The former midfielder, who won a host of trophies with Barcelona, says he is, however, focused on his current job.
Xavi also said he was “fine” after testing positive for COVID-19.
“I do not hide, and I have always said, that my primary goal, when it happens, is Barca. It’s my home and would be a dream,” said Xavi in an interview with the Madrid sports newspaper Marca.
“But now I focus on AI-Sadd, excited about the new season. When Barca comes, in the short or long term, it will come,” he said.
He added that he did not want to destabilise the current coach, Quique Setien.
“Above all, we have to respect Quique Setien and I wish the team all the best,” said Xavi.
”Sometimes Barca plays very well, sometimes well and sometimes not so well. But I like Setien’s idea, now and with his previous teams to dominate and to make a beautiful game.”
CANDIIDONLINE gathered that Xavi’s name has come up repeatedly as a replacement for Setien, but club president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists he is sticking with his current coach.
“I have an excellent relationship with Xavi and we talked about many issues. But next year, Quique Setien has a contract and he is the one we hired,” Bartomeu told the Barcelona-based sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
Xavi has been quarantined in Qatar after contracting COVID-19.
“I feel better, although isolated, logically. And I’m looking forward to training soon,” he said.
Xavi, who played for Al-Sadd from 2015 to 2019 and then became coach, also said he thought Qatar would host a ”historic” World Cup in 2022.