La Liga: Qatari club give blessing for Xavi to take Barca job

05 November 2021 13:05:01 CET
Xavi is closing in on a return to Barcelona

Xavi Hernandez will be unveiled as the new boss of Barcelona this weekend after his Qatari club Al Sadd refused to stand in the former Nou Camp hero's way of an emotional return to the Spanish giants.

Barcelona, who are 40/1 to win La Liga after a terrible start to the season, have agreed to pay Al Sadd an escape clause of around £4m to secure the services of their former midfielder.

Lots of work for new manager

Xavi replaces Ronald Koeman who was sacked last month following a 1-0 defeat at Vallecano. He is expected to take charge of the Catalan giants' trip to Celta Vigo and this game is available as part of our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights.

Barcelona's president, Joan Laporta, started discussions some weeks ago with Xavi, who made clear he was ready to accept an offer to return to the Nou Camp.

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His appointment has been cheered by fans, who welcome home a player who made 767 appearances for Barcelona in a glittering 20-year career in which he won eight league titles and four Champions League winner's medals.

The task facing the 2010 World Cup winner, however, is a monumental one with the club strapped for cash and currently ninth in the league.

Xavi exit confirmed

Al Sadd had held up negotiations as they tried to negotiate a pay-off, but in the end, decided not to stand in the 41-year-old's way.

"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," Al Sadd's CEO, Turki al-Ali, said in a statement.

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