The former Barcelona captain ruled out the option to become sporting director and is focused in becoming coach
Xavi Hernández completed the first season away from Barça, the club of his life. At Al-Sadd, Qatar, he kept playing soccer but he also thought about his future after hanging out his boots. The journalist Javi Miguel explained at Catalunya Radio the roadmap of the former captain.
Regarding next 2 seasons, Xavi is determined to fulfil his contract with Al-Sadd until 2017/18 season. The midfielder is happy in the club, where he can still play soccer despite doing it at a less competitive level. He lives with his family, he enjoys fatherhood and has been really well welcomed by the technical stuff.
Apart from that, his experience in Qatar used to discover what he wants to do in the future. The midfielder combined the work in the first team with being assistant coach in the U23 Qatar national team. In this task, Xavi realized his future is becoming coach and being next to the players in the stadium. So he dismissed becoming technical director and he knows he wants to become coach for sure, with the aim to come back to FC Barcelona.
Following this roadmap, one of the keys will be the 2018/19 season. If all goes well, he will hang up his boots as a player aged 38 years old and will take this season as a final training. His idea might be to get coach title during the first 6 months and then improve his English. Xavi knows that language is very important and is already learning it at Qatar, but he wants to have a more direct experience to improve his knowledge of English. The destination of this experience is to decide but it could also be Qatar.
The 2019/20 season is marked in red on the calendar of Xavi. This is the year where the former captain expects to come back to FC Barcelona. He would like to enter leading one of the teams in La Masia, FC Barcelona's Academy. The Catalan wants to start slowly, training himself as a coach and learning the basics of La Masia. Xavi does not want to start with the first team, because he considers he needs some training before.
In this sense, the former captain wants to follow the footsteps of Pep Guardiola, which debuted directing Barça B in the Third Division, an important season for his improvement as a coach, and learn many situations of professional teams. In addition, there's a coincidence: in the 2019/20 season, one of the best generations that are currently in La Masia will arrive in the first team. This is the current U15 team, many interesting projects with promising players.
From then, we'll see how Xavi Hernández's career evolves and if he has chances to lead the first team, a dream which the Catalan has never hidden. However, we'll have to see which FC Barcelona's coach is at that time and which are the future prospects. Time will tell. For the moment, Xavi has his future planned and now he will start working to make it true.