Barca set to announce Xavi as Coach

is in talks with his former club to take over as coach, his current team, Qatar’s Al-Sadd said on Saturday.

Spanish media had earlier reported that had asked former captain to take over from the under-pressure Ernesto Valverde after their ouster in the Spanish Super Cup.

“I will not deny that. There are negotiations about and everyone is talking about them… but I can say that 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 ’s management,” he added ahead of Al-Sadd’s 4-1 semifinal victory against Al-Rayyan in the Qatar Cup.

Xavi declined to confirm the speculation at the post-match media briefing but said he had met Barcelona’s director of football Eric Abdidal during his recent trip to Qatar.

“I’m focussing on Al-Sadd. Yes Abidal is my friend, I met him many times,” he said.

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“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.”

World Cup winner Xavi, 39, came through the Barcelona academy and played 855 senior games for the Camp Nou side.

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

 

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