Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez is in line to become the head coach of the Qatar national team.
The former Barca captain is still playing for Al Sadd in the Gulf nation but has also been undertaking his coaching qualifications ahead of a career in the game following retirement.
Widely tipped to take the reigns at the Camp Nou in the future, Xavi has been speaking about his desire to take over the Qatar national team and further help the country’s young players to improve.
“I’m here to help players improve so they are able to compete with the rest of the world,” Xavi is quoted by Marca, speaking to reporters.
“My aim is to be the Coach, it would good for me and I need some experience for my future career. I have the advantage of knowing the Qatari players and the football environment here.”
Having spent 17 years with Barcelona’s first team, Xavi also represented his country, helping them to their most successful period which included a World Cup win in 2010 and European Championship glories in 2008 and 2012.
Qatar, who host the World Cup in 2022, will not be in Russia next year, after finishing bottom of their group in the second round of qualifying.
Their hosting of the competition four years after next summer will see them involved for the first time since the Italian World Cup of 1934.
Currently coached by unknown Felix Sanchez, have one Spanish based player in Ahmed Yasser, who plays for Segunda side Cultural Leonesa.