Xavi calls on Al Sadd to reach an agreement on a “spectacular” return to Barcelona


Xavi has revealed that he enjoys returning to Barcelona as head coach, and confirms that he has a personal agreement with the club where he made his name and became a legend.

The former midfielder is currently in charge of Qatar’s Al Sadd team – where he still has two years left on his contract – but he has long been Barça’s preferred candidate for the job at the Camp Nou, now vacant following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman last week.

It was revealed on Wednesday that a delegation from Barcelona has traveled to Doha to strike out a compensation agreement with Xavi’s current employer, hoping to get an appointment before the end of the week.

That step followed an angry outburst from Al Sadd’s media chief, who urged Barça to come and negotiate if they wanted their man.

The club’s CEO has also publicly stated his commitment to keep the 41-year-old in Qatar, despite Barcelona coming to the table.

But Xavi himself is desperate to see the deal completed and he called for “common sense” to prevail in the negotiations.

After Al Sadd’s 3-3 draw against Al-Duhail on Wednesday night, where he seemed to wave to the fans full time, Xavi said: “I have been talking to Barça for several days, it’s clear.

“I’m really looking forward to going home, I hope it happens. It would be spectacular and exciting.

“But now it depends on the talks between the clubs, they have to reach an agreement. Barça are coming to talk, we are all eager and excited. We will see if it is done.

“It’s a matter of common sense. It has to happen [Al Sadd releasing him from his contract]. I feel very emotional about it. “

While the club hierarchy does not surprisingly hold its cards close to its chest, Al Sadd’s captain Abdelkarim Hassan admitted that his coach seemed to be leaving the Qatari side.

“Everyone is sad about Xavi’s departure, but he will coach a big team like Barcelona,” Hassan revealed.

“Xavi presented a new idea to Qatar’s football and Al-Sadd players and helped us as a fantastic player and coach, and his ideas led us to achieve a lot despite the criticism. We will miss him a lot.”

Xavi talks to the media after Wednesday night’s match / KARIM JAAFAR / GettyImages

Xavi had a brilliant 17-year career at the Camp Nou, winning the Champions League four times and playing a key role in eight La Liga titles.

Should he return to Barcelona, ​​he will be prosecuted for having recovered from a disastrous start to the 2021/22 campaign. Blaugrana is currently ninth in La Liga, eight points behind Clasico rival Real Madrid and nine from Real Sociedad.

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