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Xavi talks coaching Barça, Messi, Setién

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Barça legend Xavi Hernandez has spoken to Spanish newspaper Marca about coaching his former club, Lionel Messi, and coach Quique Setién’s situation. The former Barcelona midfielder told once again that he hopes to coach the Catalan club one day, but that it is not the right time currently.

On coaching Barcelona:
“I don’t hide my desire to coach Barcelona. I have always said that my goal is to coach Barcelona. It is my home and it is my dream. But for now, I’m focusing on Al Sadd, and looking forward to the new season.”

On Quique Setién:
“First of all, Setién must be respected. I wish the team all the best. Sometimes Barcelona plays well, sometimes not. But I like the idea of Setién, who aspires to control the ball and offer an attractive style. Sometimes it’s not possible because of the opponent. We have seen some good Barça games under Quique.”

Do you think Lionel Messi will be able to play in the 2022 World Cup?
Xavi: “Messi is a monster. He is extremely competitive. He is fast and strong. He is like an animal. I am pretty sure he will be there in Qatar.”

Sources: Marca, Forbes

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David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans

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During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.

The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”

Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”

Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.

There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.

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