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Barcelona boss Xavi wants to manage five Premier League teams, including Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea – The Sun

BARCELONA legend Xavi left Liverpool off a list of Premier League giants he would like to manage, preferring rivals such as Manchester United instead.

And the Spanish World Cup winner, boss of the Catalans, rated Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola as the world’s ‘best coach’.

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Xavi wants to boss of an English clubCredit: Reuters

Xavi, 42, hailed the Premier League’s ‘atmosphere, packed stadiums’ and players as an exciting alternative.

The ex-midfielder told Sky Sports in 2019: “Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.

“Also, [Jurgen] Klopp and [Mauricio] Pochettino and Unai Emery, many people who have gone there are doing an extraordinary job.”

The 133-cap icon said of his former Nou Camp chief: “Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world and I am a novice.

“The comparison happened as a player but now we can’t be compared. I am in love with Pep Guardiola’s football.

“You can win playing football in different ways but I like the one of City and Guardiola the most. I follow the Premier League a lot and I like it.

“He is a brilliant, demanding, passionate, obsessive person, that’s why he’s doing so well.

“It transmits a lot to the footballer. I learned a lot and enjoyed my time at his side.”

Xavi won four Champions League titles and LaLiga eight times with Barcelona.

And recently he’s brought the feel-factor back to the Nou Camp, inspiring his side a 4-0 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

 Xavi was part of a golden generation even for Barcelona standards - alongside Lionel Messi and under Pep Guardiola

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Xavi was part of a golden generation even for Barcelona standards – alongside Lionel Messi and under Pep GuardiolaCredit: EPA
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