Cesc Fabregas speaks on the possibility of becoming Barcelona manager

Former Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas was this evening drawn on the possibility of taking up the managerial reins back in Catalunya.

And though he did not exactly talk up the prospect, the ex-midfield maestro did not move to shut it down, either.

Fabregas, for his part, is currently earning his coaching stripes in Italy.

After hanging up his playing boots last summer, the Spaniard quickly moved to the bench, taking over the U19 setup at Serie B outfit Como.

He has since gone on take charge of the club’s senior outfit, too, albeit only for a month late last year, as Fabregas continues to work towards earning his UEFA Pro coaching license.

Widely lauded for his football brain throughout his days on the pitch, though, the now-36-year-old has been touted to go on to enjoy a successful career on the touchline.

Speaking in an interview with Catalunya Ràdio (as cited by Sport) on Tuesday, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of the manger’s post at Barcelona was put to Fabregas.

Blaugrana boss Xavi is of course primed to step down from his position come the close of the campaign, with a whole host of tacticians from across the continent, in turn, having been named as potential replacements.

Fabregas, for his part, feels that the job would at present prove too much too soon for him, but down the line, a Camp Nou return cannot be ruled out:

“In the end, it is something that cannot be known. I think that first I must grow, take steps… That is why I am happy where I am, because I don’t have very high pressure. I can’t speak through anyone because what Xavi has experienced is what he has experienced and the pressure he has must be insurmountable. Everything goes by seasons, football changes, the dynamics change and little by little you must try to discover your true level as a coach because, in the end, they can judge you, they can tell you that you are very good, that they like how your team plays, or not, but in the end it is the work you do day by day. There are coaches who, to put it in some way, are not well regarded, but you see them working every day and you think: this is a crack. You have to feel good about yourself.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

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