Barcelona have a habit of appointing former players as coaches, perhaps because the appointments have often proved successful.
Such is the case recently with Xavi Hernandez, who returned to take charge of the team as they are currently at the top of the La Liga table.
Xavi’s former midfield partner Andres Iniesta has now opened the door for a similar path.
The former Spain international is now 38 but still plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan, who he joined after leaving Barcelona in 2018.
Speaking to “La Gazzetta dello Sport” in a recent interview, Iniesta admitted that he would like to return to “Camp Nou”.
“I will continue one more year here (in Japan) and then we will see. I would like to return to Barca, it’s my home, but I still don’t know in what capacity; coach, sports director or something like that. In any case, the first thing I have to do is to train and at the moment I still see myself as a player”, said the former Barcelona midfielder.
The Spaniard said he would take steps to prepare himself for whatever role he pursues.
“It’s nice to think that someone who has been and given so much to a club can continue to do that, even if he stops playing, but the right conditions have to be in place for him. You can’t say: ‘I won’t do anything, but let me come back,'” added the 38-year-old.
When it comes to the positions offered by Barcelona to former footballers, the truth is that their best periods of success have come under the guidance of Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola.