Barcelona are expected to bring in Xavi to replace Ronald Koeman as manager of the Catalan giants but the club’s pursuit of their former midfielder has not gone done well with Al Sadd.
The Qatari side has released an official statement expressing their frustration at the continuing rumors about their current coach.
In response to what’s circulating recently, the #AlSadd management reaffirms that Xavi has a two-year contract with the club and is fully focused on the team’s upcoming matches, to maintain our lead at the top of the league and to defend the title.#AlwaysAlSadd pic.twitter.com/dJP4g0xZBx— #76 Al Sadd SC | نادي السد (@AlsaddSC) October 29, 2021
The club’s media officer, Ahmed Al Ansari, has also taken to Twitter with a pretty pointed message.
“There is no official offer on the table from any party,” he wrote. “Any club that has a bit of professionalism is supposed to negotiate with the other side if it wants a player or coach who is under contract.”
Barcelona president Joan Laporta was pretty coy about Xavi when asked about him at a press conference on Friday. The club chief admitted he’s been in touch with Xavi but added “we also have other options.”
Diario Sport are reporting Xavi will stay at Al Sadd for the club’s next two games and then will fly to Barcelona at the end of next week. There’s unlikely to be an official announcement before Thursday, November 4 and it’s not clear if everything will be sorted in time for Xavi to take charge against Celta two days later.