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Barcelona icon Xavi names the Premier League teams he would like to manage but leaves out Liverpool

Xavi has named the Premier League teams he would like to manage one day – but caused a stir by failing to mention Liverpool.

The Spanish World Cup winner is the current boss of Qatari side Al Sadd and has been linked with taking over at Barcelona.

And when asked whether he would like to manage in the Premier League he seemed excited by the prospect, stressing it would have to be ‘a big team’.

The ex-midfielder told Sky Sports: ‘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.’

Xavi was also highly complimentary of his former coach and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

He said: ‘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.’

Xavi is the player almost all Barcelona supporters want to manage the club but he has already said he will not return under the present regime. 

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