At some point in the near future, Xavi will return to Barcelona as a manager, as life at Camp Nou remains part of his DNA, says Javier Saviola.
The Blaugrana legend, after hanging up his boots and stepping into the dugout, continues to see a return to his roots mooted at frequent intervals.
With Al Sadd, coaching teeth are being cut in Qatar, with their top job taking on in 2019 and Xavi was impressed with his immense experience being put to good use during his time in the Middle East.
The general consensus is that at some point a road back to Barca will be taken, with many having suggested an emotional homecoming.
To this point, any wish to make such a move has been resisted, with early approaches from Catalunya knocked back.
This has prompted the likes of Quique Setien and Ronald Koeman to take the reins, but after a matter of months, the former was relieved of his duties and the latter is struggling for consistency.
Presidential elections are also due to be held in Barca on January 24, with a few of those in the running saying that if given the opportunity to do so they will look to take Xavi back to Camp Nou.
It is only a matter of time before the World Cup champion, who made 767 appearances in his playing days for the Blaugrana, accepts the chance to fill a challenging role, Saviola believes.
“I think he’s going to end up coaching Barcelona. It’s his DNA,” Radio Marca told former Barca player Saviola.
To gain experience and prepare to take over at Camp Nou, he is developing as a coach. I’m sure he’s going to pick when and how he’ll get back to Barcelona.
For now in Catalunya, Koeman continues to call the shots and seeks to build some much-needed momentum going into the festive season and New Year.