AL SADD have hit back at rumours linking Xavi with the Barcelona hotseat by telling the LaLiga giants to back off.
The Barca legend appears as the favourite to replace Ronald Koeman, who was sacked after leading the Blaugrana to their worst start to a season since 1987-88.
Al Sadd manager Xavi has been linked with the Barcelona hotseat after Ronald Koeman’s sackingCredit: AFP
Al Sadd have ordered Barcelona to back off by saying Xavi still has two years left in QatarCredit: AFP
But Al Sadd insist that their manager still has two years left in Qatar and is “fully focused” on the team’s upcoming fixtures as well as title defence.
The following club statement was released on Twitter: “In response to what’s circulating recently, the #AlSadd management reaffirms that Xavi has a two-year contract with the club and is fully focused on the team’s upcoming matches, to maintain our lead at the top of the league and to defend the title.”
Xavi is among Barcelona‘s biggest legends and was part of Pep Guardiola’s unstoppable and entertaining side.
The 41-year-old formed a stunning partnership with Andres Iniesta as well as Sergio Busquets in midfield and mixed it up with other big names, such as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and more.
The former Spain international experienced tremendous success during his 17-year stint at the Nou Camp as he won eight LaLiga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and four Champions Leagues.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed that he is still in contact with the club’s former captain and reiterated his prediction that one day he will take over as manager.
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Laporta said: “My opinion about Xavi as a manager is he is in a process learning, evolving, I have really good references from close people who know him better than me in that way.
“I talked with him two months ago when we gave Ronald Koeman this confidence because I understand that we had to give him those months, the team needed some time to recover.
“I have a great relationship with Xavi, I have been speaking with him in the last month, I know his opinion about this squad, what he thinks has to happen. We talk as two friends and in this case my opinion is a really good one.
“I am talking to him because he loves football, he is a huge Barca fan, it is one of his goals in his life.
“If he is the one able to manage this squad, I have a great relationship with him and he is a possibility because we will see how everything will continue evolving.
“These are private conversations between friends and I cannot explain what we talked about.
“I already told you and I cannot explain anything about our options because it will not be professional and it will affect our plans. I am sorry, but I cannot tell you anything.
“I have always said one day he will be Barca’s head coach but I don’t know when. We have great references about Xavi at Al Sadd.
“All our reports about Xavi are positive. We can talk a lot about Xavi but I cannot give you more details. He is in all the papers, but we also have other options.”
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Barcelona legend Xavi is the favourite to replace Ronald Koeman as managerCredit: AFP
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