Al Sadd confirm deal agreed with Barcelona for Xavi

Barcelona are set to announce Xavi Hernandez’s dramatic return to the club as coach, after Qatar champions Al Sadd SC confirmed on Friday a deal has been agreed between the clubs.

Al Sadd said in a statement Barca had paid the release clause for Xavi, who has been coaching in Qatar since 2019 and now rejoins the club where he enjoyed huge success as a player.

Xavi is Barca’s first choice to replace Ronald Koeman but the Spaniard has two years left to run on his contract with the Qatari club, where he took over as coach in 2019.

“The two clubs are in talks and it needs to be resolved,” Xavi said after Al Sadd’s 3-3 draw with Al Duhail on Wednesday.

“I am looking forward to going home, as you can imagine, but it is a matter of respect. I have a contract and the two clubs have to agree.

“I am very excited to go home and even more to be Barcelona coach, which has a lot of responsibility, but I very am excited and motivated.”

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