Xavi next club odds: Chelsea still likeliest top-tier destination

Xavi next club odds suggest his future is far from certain. Here, we look at his potential destinations after failing to carry the dream of a dynasty into his second full season at the Camp Nou.

Xavi took over from Ronald Koeman with Barca in a state of crisis in November 2021. He initially steadied the ship during a turbulent time off the pitch for the Catalan club, and then followed up the rescue act with a title win in 2022/23.

But the 2023/24 campaign has quickly turned into a disaster.

As good as Barcelona's domestic form was last term, the early warning signs were there on the continent, as a series of early European exits from both the Champions League and Europa League meant many remained unconvinced by his methods.

Despite currently being in the top three – within which Barcelona have consistently finished since 2003/04 – the Blaugrana are struggling to dominate games and conceding far too many goals.

Xavi will duly leave the club to which he has dedicated so much of his life, and it’s unclear at this point whether he will even stay in management. However, a man with his CV seldom stays out of the game for long…

Xavi next club odds
Xavi will leave Barcelona this summer – Photo by Icon Sport

Xavi next club odds – Latest news

Xavi announces summer exit after home humiliation

While the decision is believed to have been made earlier, Xavi went public with his intention to leave following his team’s 5-3 home defeat against Villarreal on January 27th.

“Leaving Barca is the best decision possible for all parties involved” he claimed, and the sad reality is that many Barca fans and players would most likely agree with that assessment.

While this may not be a vintage Barcelona squad, it’s still one blessed with more than enough quality to have been much better than they have been over the course of this season.

As such, the integrity of Xavi's longer-term prospects at the very top can’t afford too many more performances like last weekend’s 3-3 home draw against lowly Granada, which was a desperate showing even by the recent standards of his team.

Barcelona 3-5 Villarreal
Barcelona lost 5-3 to Villarreal in January – Photo by Icon Sport

The Champions League – Xavi’s shot at redemption?

While defending his La Liga title looks all but impossible, with Barcelona trailing Real Madrid by 10 points, this season is not over as far as Xavi or Barca are concerned.

After back-to-back Champions League group stage exits, Barca did progress into the Last 16 this term and they have a tie against an equally out-of-sorts Napoli to look forward to.

If Xavi wants to really put himself on the radar of the big European clubs, a successful Champions League run with Barca now looks like his only way of doing that. We could see the odds of him taking over at another European side tumble should he manage to guide Barca into the Semi-Finals or beyond.

Xavi, Al Sadd
Xavi enjoyed success in Qatar before joining Barca – this may yet turn his head (Photo by Icon Sport)

Xavi next club odds – Current outrights

Al Sadd (4/1)

Aside from Barcelona, there is only one other club who Xavi played for and only one other club who he has managed. In both cases the answer is Al Sadd, with the legendary midfielder spending more than six years in Qatar, first as a player before he cut his managerial teeth between 2019 and 2021.

With Xavi citing stress and the pressures of the job as one reason for his desire to leave Barca, a quieter life back in Qatar, where he won seven trophies as a manager, may appeal.

Chelsea (14/1)

With Xavi’s time as Barcelona boss far from an unqualified success, he’s not viewed as anything more than an outside candidate for some of the other big jobs in European football.

At the very least, he’s likely to take some time off to rest and recover after leaving Barcelona so it’d be a surprise to see him jump straight back into management.

As a Barcelona legend, there is no real prospect of him taking one of the other big jobs in Spain, but he’s currently not too far away from the front of the pack when it comes to the next Chelsea manager odds, although the likes of Hansi Flick, Michel Sanchez and Roberto De Zerbi lead that field.

Chelsea amongst Xavi next club odds
The Chelsea job would be a truly eye-opening experience for Xavi – Photo by Icon sport

Liverpool (25/1)

One big job that will be available this summer is the Liverpool position with Jurgen Klopp announcing his intention to stand down, only the day before Xavi did likewise.

The chances of the duo swapping jobs appears very slim though, partly because both appear keen to take time away from the game and also because of Xavi’s failure to truly convince during his time in Catalonia.

The Xavi next club odds point to him having little chance of getting the Liverpool job with another former ball-playing Spanish midfielder the current favourite to take over in the shape of Xabi Alonso.

Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.