“I will not deny that. There are negotiations about Xavi and everyone is talking about them… but I can say that Xavi so far is at Al-Sadd,” Muhammad Ghulam Al-Balushi, Al-Sadd’s sports director, told the Qatar-based BeIN broadcaster.
“The final decision is in the hands of Al-Sadd’s management, in the hands of the manager, and the hands of Barcelona’s management,” he added ahead of Al-Sadd’s 4-1 semifinal victory against Al-Rayyan in the Qatar Cup.
“I’m focussing on Al-Sadd. Yes Abidal is my friend, I met him many times,” he said.
“They were here to talk to me and we discussed many things. And they were here to check how is Ousmane Dembele.
“I cannot inform you too much, just that I met Abidal and he is my friend.”
But he added: “I cannot hide that it’s my dream to coach Barcelona, I said it many times.”
He joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015 before being appointed coach last July.