Xavi says goodbye to Al-Sadd before Barcelona move

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Xavi has said goodbye to his staff and players in Al-Sadd after agreeing a deal to take over as Barcelona coach.

Al-Sadd began Friday by announcing that an agreement had been reached to send Xavi back to Camp Nou, but was met with confusion from Barcelona officials as they had not yet agreed on the terms of his release.

Barcelona denied claims by the Qatari side that they had paid Xavi’s release clause of 5 million euros, but later in the day an agreement was reached that Barcelona pays 2.5 million euros themselves, where Xavi also agrees to make ambassadorial work worthwhile of 2.5 million euros. for Al-Sadd in the coming years.

He was seen saying goodbye to Al-Sadd earlier in the day, and now Mundo Deportivo states that all details have been completed and Xavi will board a plane on Saturday to return to Spain.

Official confirmation of the move is not yet expected. Instead, Barcelona waits until their lawyers have finished the paperwork and everything is 100% official before it becomes formal.

Confirmed. Here, Xavis bids farewell to Al-Sadd’s players and staff as he leaves the club to become the new Barcelona coach. ??? #FCB #Xavi pic.twitter.com/Q4SGBQhID5

– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 5, 2021

Xavi will be presented to fans at the Camp Nou on Monday, when all details of the deal are expected to be confirmed.

The legendary midfielder had hoped to get the deal ready in time to see Barcelona in action against Celta Vigo on Saturday, but the delay in the negotiations could prevent Xavi from getting over to Spain in time.

However, he will have two weeks with some of his players during the upcoming international break, after which Espanyol will face Xavi for his first challenge.

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