Xavi claims to be 'open to anything' amid Barcelona rumours

Xavi claims to be 'open to anything' amid Barcelona rumours

Xavi did nothing to dispel speculation that he could replace Ronald Koeman as coach of Barcelona, claiming that he is "open to anything."

Before Koeman was named as head coach in August 2020, Xavi was one of the favorites for the Barcelona job, and his name has been on everyone's lips as the Catalans have suffered this season.

Since his retirement in 2019, Xavi has presided over Qatari team Al-Sadd, leading them to a league title and five domestic cups, but a return to the Camp Nou would be tough to resist.

Xavi hinted at a comeback before Spain's Nations League final against France on Sunday.

"Any offer will be evaluated and then a decision will be made," Xavi told TVE.

"I don't know where my future will take me, but I'm open to anything."

From 1998 to 2015, the 41-year-old made 505 appearances for Barcelona as a player.

Before Lionel Messi broke the record for most Barca appearances last season, Xavi, who moved to Al-Sadd in 2015 before signing a contract extension as coach through 2023 in May, held the record for most Barca appearances.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, River Plate head coach Marcelo Gallardo, former Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo, and Ajax's Erik ten Hag have all been named as possible alternatives for Koeman.

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