Xavi remains “the future of Barcelona”, claims Juan Antonio Pizzi, with the Camp Nou legend destined to return to his roots at manager when the right opportunity presents itself.
The iconic product of the famed La Masia academy system in Catalunya spent 17 memorable years as a first team star with the Blaugrana in his playing days.
In total, Xavi made 767 appearances for Barca and helped them to eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, while also becoming a World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain.
Pizzi, a former team-mate of Xavi, told the Daily Mail:
“I think he evaluated the situation very well – there is the fact that he would be coaching former team-mates – but also the fact that he would be going home perhaps without the experience of having managed in La Liga.
“I think that led him to take the decision that he eventually took, to say:
‘Give me some time. I want to coach Barcelona and I think I’m prepared to do it but I think I have to develop myself a little bit more’.
“I am absolute convinced that the future of Xavi and the future of Barcelona will come together at one point, I don’t know if in two years or five years or eight years but Xavi is going to be Barcelona coach, there is no doubt about that.”