Barcelona denies having agreed with Al-Sadd on Xavi

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Barcelona have not yet reached an agreement with Al Sadd to release Xavi from his contract, despite the Qatari club announcing on Friday that Blaugrana had activated his release clause.

Barça’s search for Xavi has been eventful, and the club are hoping he will become their new head coach long before Ronald Koeman is even sacked.

Al-Sadd confirmed that despite Barcelona’s unwillingness to trigger Xavi’s release clause themselves, an agreement had actually been reached and the 41-year-old would return to Camp Nou.

Al-Sadd’s statement early on Friday read: “The administration agreed on the transfer of Xavi to Barcelona after paying the penalty clause set out in the contract. We agreed with Barcelona on practical cooperation in the future, Xavi is an important part of history and we wish him all the success in the next step. “

RAC1 reports, however, that Barça have denied this allegation and that they have not made a public announcement because they do not agree with Al-Sadd’s version of events. There is still no agreement in place to trigger Xavi’s release clause.

Xavi has agreed on personal terms with Barcelona and is waiting to return to Catalonia, with the release clause the last issue to be deleted, but it seems that this may take longer than expected even this morning.

As it stands, interim manager Sergi Barjuan will lead the team for their trip to Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.

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