The news we have all been waiting for has finally happened with Al Sadd confirming on Friday morning that Barcelona have paid Xavi’s release clause.
The club legend will now head home and take charge of the Catalan giants following Ronald Koeman’s departure last month.
The appointment of the former midfielder is no surprise and comes after days of talks in Doha with Xavi’s previous team Al Sadd.
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. We’ve agreed on cooperation with Barcelona in the future. Xavi is an important part of Al-Sadd’s history and we wish him success. pic.twitter.com/3FvCOdYl5X— #76 Al Sadd SC | نادي السد (@AlsaddSC) November 5, 2021
Here’s a bit more from the Qatari side’s statement.
“Xavi informed us a few days ago of his desire to go to Barcelona at this particular time, because of the critical stage his hometown club is going through, and we understand this and decided not to stand in his way. Xavi and his family will remain welcome in Doha, and our relationship will continue.”
Xavi is expected to sign a deal that runs until June 2023 and will take charge of the team for the first time when Espanyol visit the Camp Nou in La Liga on November 20.
Xavi’s appointment is a real lift for the club after another chaotic start to the season which has left the team down in ninth place in the table heading into the weekend.