Ronald Koeman’s departure from Barcelona was not a surprise, but the man who could have replaced him was Xavi Hernandez, who was seen as the first favorite to take over, although the man was unwilling to be drawn into the speculation, suggesting that his only focus was on it. it was in Al-Sadd.
Xavi met with Qatari club leaders on Thursday, telling them of his desire to take on a newly opened job at Camp Nou, and the meeting went well when the Al-Sadd board made it clear they would allow him to leave to pay the purchase price.
Negotiations on the deal are not considered a problem, although the Qatari club are determined to keep him until after November 3, which will prevent him from taking the reins of the Champions League meeting of Los Cules and Dynamo Kyiv.
“I am focused on my work with Al-Sadd,” Xavi explained at a press conference. “I won’t talk about anything else.”
From the start of the international break, Xavi will be free to make his deal with the Catalan bulls and officially take over, and negotiations are expected to close in the coming days.
There is an interest in making this happen on all fronts, as Al-Sadd has previously said he will not stand in the way of the Spanish player returning to his old club, amid rumors that Ronald Koeman will be sacked in the summer.
Al-Sadd has 2 more games in the Qatar Stars League before November 3, with a home game against Al-Ahli on October 30 and then a trip to face Al-Duhail on November 3 itself.
His time coaching the Qatari team was a thrilling one, recording a record 34 unbeaten league games as well as lifting the Qatar Stars League, two Qatar trophies, the Qatari Super Cup, and two Emir of Qatar trophies.