Andres Iniesta: Xavi is ready to take over at Barça

The former midfielder reckons his team-mate is prepared to replace Ronald Koeman

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It’s been 25 years since a magician arrived at La Masia. Andres Iniesta, who analysed his past present and future, as well as Barcelona’s, in an interview with Goal on Tuesday.

Asked if he would return to Barcelona potentially as a coach in the future, he said: “It’s not where I see myself, but whatever happens, if the moment came, I’d consider it. What I can tell you is that I’d love to return to Barca, that is very clear.

“There are days you think you want to coach, others no, I don’t know. Playing right now, it’s hard to visualise anything else. It’s true that I have to think about (coaching) and see what the possibilities are. What I would like to do and I think I will, is get my badges.

“I’d like to stay linked to football because it’s my life and I’d hope it continues to be.”

He was also asked if his midfield partner Xavi Hernandez is ready to coach Barcelona.

“I think so, yes. If you ask me if I imagine Xavi on the Barca bench. Above all because he’s been preparing and training to coach Barca. He has the confidence to take on this challenge.”

Iniesta also thought it was strange to see Lionel Messi leave.

“It’s weird for me, and I suppose for many people, to see Leo with another shirt.”

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