Xavi spoke about his future on Wednesday after his team’s 3-3 draw with Al Duhail and said he’s looking forward to “returning home” to Barcelona.
The Catalan giants have sent vice president Rafa Yuste and director of football Mateu Alemany out to Doha for talks with Al Sadd in the hope of installing Xavi as Ronald Koeman’s replacement.
Al Sadd put out a statement earlier insisting they are “committed to keeping” Xavi but the coach has now spoken out about what he wants.
“The two clubs are in talks. I can’t say much more, but I’m a positive person. It’s a matter of common sense. They have to agree. Here’s the issue. I’ve been talking to Barça for days, everything is ready. The two clubs know my position and I hope it will be solved soon.
“I am very excited to return home, I hope it happens. Returning to Barcelona would be spectacular, of course, it would be exciting.
“Whichever coach he is, he does not have to be a messiah. Of course, the enthusiasm and positivity must return. We want to see a different Barça.
“Yesterday we saw something else. We have to make a team. Going back would be an exciting step in my career. We will see if it ends up happening.”
Source | Diario Sport
Xavi has reportedly already said goodbye to his Al Sadd players and Santi Cazorla is among those wishing him well. He said, “We wish Xavi the best, we want it to be the best for him. I’m very grateful for everything he’s done for me. Now it’s time to wait and see what happens.”
It’s thought Barcelona, Al Sadd and Xavi will meet tonight in an effort to find a way forward, according to Mundo Deportivo. The plan is to “share the positions of all the parties and find a way of meeting to achieve a satisfactory agreement for all.”