'My dream is to coach Barcelona'


Al Sadd head coach Xavi Hernandez feulled the speculation linking him with a return to FC Barcelona next season.

Xavi, who led his side to the Qatari Cup final on Saturday evening, has been heavily linked with the head coach role at the Camp Nou.

With Ernesto Valvderde's contract expiring at the end of the season, Xavi has emerged as target and the former midfield star would love to take charge of the Catalans one day.

"I can't deny that my dream is to coach Barcelona," Xavi said, according to Marca.

"I've said it so many times, in a lot of interviews.

"Everyone knows that I'm a Barcelona fan, the club are in my heart and my dreams.

"But for now I'm focused on Al-Sadd."

Xavi recently met with Barca club officials Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau, but he insists it was not about joining the club.

"They were here and we spoke about a lot of things. They were also here to see how Ousmane Dembele is doing.

"That's it. I'm sorry, but I can't give any more information.

"I was with Abidal. He's my friend. That's it. I'm at Al-Sadd and I respect Valverde."