The midfielder, who swapped Camp Nou for Qatar following 2014-15’s treble success, thinks Luis Enrique’s men will continue to thrive
Xavi believes his former Barcelona team-mates have at least “two or three more years” of trophy-winning left in them.
The veteran central midfielder enjoyed a dream final season at Camp Nou, triumphing in the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey before departing for Qatari club Al Sadd this summer.
With the new European campaign approaching, Xavi believes it would be foolish to think Luis Enrique’s men are not capable of continuing to be hugely successful at home and abroad.
“Barca will have at least two or three more years of winning trophies,” the World Cup 2022 ambassador told RAC1. “They are a great team and a great group of lads.
“Barca are favourites for La Liga and Champions League – and repeating the treble will be difficult – but it was the same after Pep Guardiola won it and look what we did, especially considering we’d been taken for fools in January.”
The 35-year-old, who retired from international football last year following a disastrous World Cup campaign, also revealed his intention to come back to the club with whom he has the record for most appearances.
“My objective is to return to Barcelona, my home, but before that I want to see where else I can go in the world of football,” he added.
“Returning is my great hope, but I don’t know it’ll be within the next three or four years. I aim to return once I feel ready.”
Should he go back in the next six years then he is likely to work under newly elected Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, though fraud charges regarding Neymar’s transfer still hang over him.