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OFFICIAL: Xavi Hernández, new FC Barcelona coach

All that was needed was to formalize it … and sort out a few other small details. But everything is now settled and Xavi Hernández is officially the coach of FC Barcelona. This was confirmed by the Blaugrana club in a press release announcing that the Terrasa man succeeds Ronald Koeman on the bench. Xavi’s experience as a coach is limited to two seasons at Al Sadd in Qatar, where he is currently having a brilliant run in the local league, winning a plethora of matches.

FC Barcelona: Al-Sadd asks for a large sum for Xavi

Between Cups and Super Cups, as well as a league title, Xavi has won seven titles in his short coaching career. It was the reluctance of the Qatari club that delayed the signing of the Blaugrana legend as “savior” of the bench. But ultimately, after a club delegation visited Qatar, everything was resolved, even though Al Sadd claim Barca paid for the termination clause.

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“We agreed to transfer Xavi to Barcelona after payment of the penalty clause stipulated in his contract. We have agreed with Barcelona on practical cooperation in the future. Xavi is an important part of Al Sadd’s history . We wish him every success for the next step. Xavi indicated to us a few days ago his desire to go to Barcelona at this particular moment for his club of heart, we understood and we did not put any obstacle to his departure Xavi and his family will always be welcome in Doha and our collaboration continues“, can we read on the press release of the Qatari club.