Pep Guardiola insists his former midfielder star Xavi ‘must not be my heir’ after being named Barcelona’s new manager.
The Manchester City boss was in charge of the legendary star for four breathtaking years at Camp Nou as he took home all the honors offered to him.
They already had a strong bond when they played together for the Catalans around the turn of the century.
Guardiola left Barcelona B to take over the senior squad in 2008 after just two years of coaching experience.
Now Xavi, who left his Qatari club Al Sadd to return to Barca to replace Ronald Koeman, has done the same after just 24 months in the dugout.
But despite the parallels, Guardiola insists the 41-year-old shouldn’t feel any extra pressure to follow in his footsteps.
Speaking at a charity golf tournament, he said, “I wasn’t anyone’s heir and Xavi doesn’t have to be my heir.
” And [Barcelona president] Joan Laporta and the board chose Xavi so it’s because there are millions of pros and few cons.
“He knows the club and will bring positive energy, given that he loves football and because of his dedication. He always sees the positive side of things.
“With his class, dedication and effort, I’m sure he will improve the situation for the club. ”