Xavi Hernandez said he s open to being Qatar s coach when it hosts the 2022 World Cup and rebuffed his critics by claiming he is “very proud” to be in Doha.
The Barcelona great, 37, who currently plays in Qatar for Al Sadd, told AFP he is “90 percent” certain to retire at the end of this season and then launch his coaching career.
And the World Cup winner says he wants to coach on the biggest stage.
Asked if that mean being Qatar s coach in 2022, he replied: “Why not? I think it would be nice to be a coach here for the national team.
“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.”
The Spanish 2010 World Cup winner added: “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.”
Qatar failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, which means that in 2022 they will become the first nation to host football s biggest tournament without ever playing in a finals since Italy in 1934.