Following his departure from Qatari side Al-Sadd, Xavi is set to return to the Camp Nou. In Catalonia, the former midfielder is regarded as a legend, and he will seek to return the club to the glorious days he enjoyed as a player. Since sacking Ronald Koeman in October, the club has been pursuing Xavi. They are currently in ninth place in La Liga.
Al-Sadd in Qatar had been adamant about keeping Xavi as manager, but he has already left after the Catalan giants fulfilled his release clause.
The club made the announcement in a statement on their official Twitter handle on Friday.
The statement read, “Turki Al-Ali: The #AlSadd administration has agreed on Xavi’s move to Barcelona after the payment of the release clause stipulated in the contract.
“Xavi informed us a few days ago that he wanted to go to Barcelona at this moment because of the critical stage his hometown club is in, and we understood and chose not to stand in his way.”
“Xavi and his family are welcome to stay in Doha, and our friendship will continue.”
Barcelona sacked manager Ronald Koeman in October and are now in ninth place in La Liga.
Xavi, who won 25 titles with Barcelona during his 17-year playing career at the Camp Nou, was the clear favorite to take over and restore the club’s glory days.