Xavi Snubs Liverpool In ‘Big’ Premier League Teams That He Would Want To Manage
Barcelona legend Xavi has snubbed Liverpool as one of the "big" Premier League teams he would want to manage.
The iconic Spaniard, 39, retired from professional football at the end of last season and is currently serving as the manager for Qatari side Al Sadd.
And Xavi, who has been tipped to become Barcelona manager someday, welcomed the idea of managing in the Premier League.
The World Cup winner named Manchester United and Arsenal among the top teams he would manage, but he failed to mention Liverpool in his picks.
He said: "That is my goal, but obviously, who doesn't like the Premier League?
"The football atmosphere, the packed stadiums and the people who play in the Premier League say it's extraordinary.
"Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, [Manchester] City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham."
The ex-Spain international might not have named Liverpool, but he praised the incredible work of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who was named Best FIFA Men's Coach at the Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday.
He added: "Also, [Jurgen] Klopp and [Mauricio] Pochettino and Unai Emery, many people who have gone there are doing an extraordinary job."
Xavi, who came through Barcelona's famed La Masia youth academy, revealed his desire to return to the Spanish side as manager.
But he made it clear that he has much to learn before he sees himself return to the Camp Nou.
"I don't hide it, my goal is to return to Europe and return to Barca, it is my challenge ahead, but I'm still learning in this project and I'm also enjoying it," he explained.
"My idea, which also happened to me as a footballer, is to be in Barcelona.
"Training this type of team would be a privilege and the greatest privilege for me would be to return to Barca."
The former Barcelona star also believes that Lionel Messi could even transition into a "brilliant defender," saying he has the "physical and mental speed" needed to play in that position.
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