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Xavi claims to be “open to anything” amid Barcelona rumors

Xavi did nothing to dispel speculation that he might replace Ronald Koeman as Barcelona coach, claiming he was “open to anything”.

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

Since retiring in 2019, Xavi has led Qatari team Al-Sadd, leading it to a league title and five national cups, but a return to Camp Nou would be difficult to resist.

Xavi hinted at a comeback ahead of the Spanish Nations League final against France on Sunday.

“Every offer is evaluated and then a decision is made,” Xavi told TVE.

“I don’t know where my future will lead me, but I’m open to anything.”

From 1998 to 2015, the 41-year-old played 505 games for Barcelona.

Before Lionel Messi broke the record for most Barca games last season, Xavi, who joined Al-Sadd in 2015 before signing a coach extension until 2023 in May, held the record for most Barca games.

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

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