Barcelona reach agreement with Al Sadd for Xavi

Barcelona are set to appoint Xavi Hernández as their head coach after an agreement was reached to terminate his contract with the Qatari club Al Sadd.

Al Sadd said on Friday that they had “agreed on Xavi’s move to Barcelona after the payment of the release clause stipulated in the contract”.

The 41-year-old will travel to Barcelona this weekend and is expected to be officially presented as Barcelona’s new manager at Camp Nou early next week.

Al Sadd’s CEO, Turki al-Ali, said: “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.”

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