Xavi returning to ‘home’ Barca as head coach
Published: 07:54 PM, 5 November 2021 Updated: 11:10 PM, 5 November 2021
Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez
Barca legend Xavi Hernandez, the head coach of the Qatari club Al Sadd, is set to become the new coach of the Spanish giants Barcelona.
Al Sadd confirmed the matter on Friday afternoon, saying in a statement that “Xavi Hernandez will leave to return to Barcelona as their new coach following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman.”
In a statement, the Qatari club said the Spanish giant paid a “€5 million” release clause for Xavi and the 41-year-old will return to the club after six years with the Qatari club, first as a player before taking over as manager in 2019.
“The Al Sadd administration has agreed on Xavi’s move to Barcelona after the payment of the release clause stipulated in the contract,” an Al Sadd statement read. “We have agreed on cooperation with Barcelona in the future.”
"Xavi is an important part of Al-Sadd’s history and we wish him success. Xavi informed us a few days ago of his desire to go to Barcelona at this particular time, because of the critical stage his hometown club is going through, and we understand this and decided not to stand in his way,” the statement added.
Xavi Hernandez’s name has been heard for a long time. Barcelona president Joan Laporta was most interested in Xavi for the club’s coach. That initiative turned to success this time. Xavi Hernandez is going to be the coach of Barcelona after putting an end to all speculations. This is the second club for Xavi’s coaching career.
The former Barca and Spain midfielder will officially take over after the November international break. Interim coach Sergi Barjuan will remain in charge for Saturday’s match at Celta Vigo, with Xavi’s first game set to be the Catalan derby against Espanyol at Camp Nou on November 20.