Xavi begins UEFA coaching course and talks potential Pep Guardiola link-up and Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup
Posted: 16 April 2018 Time: 11:00
Former FC Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has started his UEFA coaching course alongside some of Spain's most decorated footballers over the past decade.
According to Spanish publication AS, the 2010 World Cup winner will begin his coaching license course alongside former international teammates Victor Valdes, Raúl, Marcos Senna, Xabi Alonso - who all meet the criteria of playing professional football for more than a decade and representing their national teams.
The news has now sparked rumours over the future of the 38-year-old who will retire from professional football at the end of the season with Qatar-based side Al-Sadd.
And in a recent interview with Sportsmail, the Blaugrana legend opened up about a potential link up with Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola and Qatar's controversial hosting of the FIFA World Cup.
"Why not? Whenever I have worked with him it's been like a football Masters for me," he said in reference to his former coach.
Of his future in coaching, he said: "I am going to give it a try at least. I love football, I enjoy improving players. I see myself more as a coach than anything else in the game after I've stopped playing.
"I like the analysis of the other teams. I like preparing the sessions. I'm already doing some of these things with my team Al Sadd. Johan Cruyff always said the next best thing to playing was coaching so I'm following the advice of the maestro.
"I'm definitely going to help Qatar in some way. I don't know if that will be as an advisor, a coach or an assistant. But I would like to help this generation of footballers become competitive for the 2022 World Cup."