Al Sadd remains “committed” to keeping Xavi at the club, despite a delegation of Barcelona executives traveling to Qatar to complete a deal to make him their new head coach.
Barça are currently without a coach after Ronald Koeman was sacked at the end of last month with former player Sergi Barjuan currently in charge on an interim basis.
Barjuan is undefeated after two matches, although his team’s performances have been uninspired. They first stumbled upon a disappointing draw with Alaves before beating Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 in the Champions League.
After that match, Barjuan admitted that he was not sure if he would continue to be responsible for his team’s La Liga meeting with Celta Vigo on Saturday – and Xavi is expected to be confirmed as Koeman’s successor soon.
But in recent days, his current employer, Al Saad, has slammed Barcelona for their unprofessional attitude. Still, Barça’s vice-president and football director, Rafa Yuste and Mateu Alemany, flew over to Doha recently to meet a deal.
Turkey Al-Ali, CEO of #AlSadd Club: We welcome the visit of the #Barcelona Administrative Delegation, and we appreciate and respect this. pic.twitter.com/Xs6ciiUJrh
-? # 76 Al Sadd SC | Nadi Al (@AlsaddSC) November 3, 2021
Al Saad has now admitted this, but the club has surprisingly claimed that they intend to keep their current boss.
“We welcome the visit of the Administrative Delegation from, and we appreciate and respect this,” said Turki Al-Ali, Al Sadd’s CEO, in a statement.
He added: “The club’s position is clear from the start – we are determined to keep our coach Xavi with us and we can not let him leave at this sensitive time of the season.”
Despite this, Barcelona remain convinced of getting their man and plan to confirm Xavi as their new head coach before the weekend. The club legend takes over an unenviable situation with Blaugrana in financial trouble and lacks talent on the pitch.
They are already eight points from the bitter rivals Real Madrid after 11 matches and they also have a lot to do to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
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