Xavi’s Pursuit in Barcelona Takes an Unexpected New Turn.
After vice president Rafa Yuste and director of football Mateu Alemany traveled out to Qatar for negotiations, Barcelona was expected to announce that club legend Xavi Hernandez had agreed to replace Ronald Koeman as first-team coach.
According to Edu Polo of Mundo Deportivo, the two executives were spotted on Wednesday at the Al-Gharafah Stadium in conversation with Xavi’s agents Arturo Canales and Fernando Solana.
On social media, Xavi’s club Al Sadd greeted the presence of the Barcelona group, saying they “appreciate and respect this.” However, Qatar’s chief executive officer Turk Al-Ali has stated that the club has no intention of allowing Xavi to depart.
“The club’s attitude has been clear from the start – we are committed to having our coach Xavi with us and we cannot allow him to leave at this critical stage of the season,” he stated.
According to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona was expecting to clinch a deal for Xavi soon. Turk Al-statements, Ali’s on the other hand, show that there is still some work to be done.
Barcelona has announced that the deal with Xavi and Al-Sadd will be completed. It’s simply a matter of time.
The meeting is still going on, as @EduPolo disclosed on Mundo Deportivo with an exclusive photo. #FCB
In the stadium where Al-Sadd are about to play, Alemany is seen with Yuste and Xavi agents. pic.twitter.com/5kh5SDAWuC
November 3, 2021 — Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano)
According to Diario Sport, Xavi has already agreed to a contract extension with Barcelona until June 2024. In addition, the former midfielder agreed to “accept a smaller remuneration” than his present wage with the Qatari club.
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To Fly Out For Talks With Laporta?
Javi Miguel of Diario AS has called for calm in the wake of Al Sadd’s statement on Xavi, believing that the Qatari side is only asking Barcelona president Joan Laporta to travel out and participate in the talks.
According to Miguel, Sheikh Mohammed bin Al Thani, the owner of Al Sadd, does not want to meet with Yuste or Alemany and “would only consent to meet” with Laporta. As a result, the president may have to make a “quick journey to Doha” to avoid jeopardizing the operation.
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