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Xavi signs one-year extension with Al-Sadd

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:06 PM, 6 July 2020  

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Former Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez signed on as head coach of Qatari club Al-Sadd for one more year Sunday, putting to bed rumours of an imminent move back to the Spanish side.

There had been media speculation in recent days that World Cup winner Xavi, 40, was being lined up to replace Quique Setien at Barcelona at the end of the season.

Hernandez turned down an approach in January after Barca sacked Ernesto Valverde, which led to the surprise appointment of Setien.

"I am happy to continue with Al-Sadd, and the team's goal will always be to compete for all titles," he said in a statement on the club's website which added that his contract had been renewed for a second season.

"(My) complete focus in this current period is to fully equip the players for the upcoming domestic and Asian competitions."

"I am clear that I want to return to Barca, I am very excited," Xavi said in March when asked if a change of board would be needed for it to happen.
"In the dressing room there can't be a negative or toxic atmosphere."

He joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015 before being appointed coach last July.

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