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Xavi now just ‘hours’ away from becoming Barcelona’s new coach

Xavi is now only ‘hours’ away from becoming Barcelona’s new manager after reaching an agreement with Joan Laporta in Doha and telling Al-Sadd ‘I really want to go home’

  • Xavi Hernández is about to return to Barcelona as coach of the first team
  • The Catalans reportedly sent a team to Qatar on Wednesday to seal the deal.
  • The former midfielder is said to have told current club Al-Saad of his wish to leave.
  • Xavi is not expected to be in charge of Saturday’s LaLiga clash with Celta de Vigo


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Barcelona is now just ‘hours’ away from officially confirming Xavi’s return as first team coach at the Camp Nou.

The Catalans identified their former golden boy as the only candidate to replace the recently fired Ronald Koeman, and have spent the last week trying to remove him from his current position at Al-Sadd.

Barça has been working day and night in recent days to reach an agreement and even sent a delegation to Qatar to smooth the arrangements.

Xavi will be announced as Barcelona's new manager on Thursday, but will not start immediately

Xavi will be announced as Barcelona’s new manager on Thursday, but will not start immediately

Now, according to the latest daily reports in Spanish Mark, Xavi is in a position to be confirmed in the next few hours as Koeman’s successor.

However, Al-Sadd has severely opposed the move and has attempted to attack and retain his manager.

In a club statement issued on Tuesday, they said: ‘the club’s position is clear from the outset: we are committed to keeping our coach Xavi with us and we cannot allow him to leave at this delicate time of the season.’

Vice President Rafa Yuste (left) and Football Director Mateu Alemany (right) headed to Qatar

Vice President Rafa Yuste (left) and Football Director Mateu Alemany (right) headed to Qatar

Vice President Rafa Yuste (left) and Football Director Mateu Alemany (right) headed to Qatar

Now, however, it seems that Xavi’s wishes have been taken into account and the last steps have been applied to materialize the movement.

The Spaniard, who played more than 700 times for Barcelona as a player, is set to be on the bench for the first time on November 18 against fierce Espanyol.

After the international break, Xavi will have the task of trying to move Barcelona away from the darkness of the middle of the table, with the LaLiga giants in ninth place, nine points from the top of the Spanish top flight after three games without to win.

The Catalans’ chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League were boosted by back-to-back victories over Ukrainian Dynamo Kiev, although a clash against Benfica on 23 November will help decide their fate by knockout.

Xavi is said to have told Al-Saad of his determination to 'go home' and coach Barcelona

Xavi is said to have told Al-Saad of his determination to 'go home' and coach Barcelona

Xavi is said to have told Al-Saad of his determination to ‘go home’ and coach Barcelona

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