Barcelona legend Xavi voices desire to coach Qatar at 2022 World Cup

The former Barcelona midfield maestro is eager to move into coaching and hopes to be manager of Qatar at the 2022 World Cup.

Former Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez has said that he would definitely consider coaching the Qatar national team as they gear up to host the 2022 World Cup.

With the Al Sadd midfielder also revealing his intention to retire at the end of the season, a quick transition into coaching could well be on the cards.

"Why not? I think it would be nice to be a coach here for the national team," Xavi was quoted by AFP.

The Spaniard realises that he will need to do a lot of work before he is ready to take the post but pointed out that he already has a good knowledge of football in the region.

"We will see. I need experience, I need staff, I need everything but at least I know the Qatari players. I know the environment here."

"I am here to help them to be better, to compete well at this World Cup. I think my aim is to be the head coach," he added.

The 37-year-old says he would like to get involved with the younger age groups before taking charge of the senior team.

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If he did land the job though, he'd want Qatar playing the Barcelona way.

"I think that we must follow this legacy of Johann Cruyff, of Van Rijkaard, Van Gaal, Pep Guardiola, not only in Barcelona but also in the world of football. 

"Everybody enjoyed our style, in Barcelona and the national team. I think we have to follow this way."