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Barcelona have reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez for him to become first team coach for
the rest of the current season and two more seasons which means he has a long way to go,” a Barcelona statement said.
“Xavi Hernandez, a youth team product at Barca, has
left his current club, Al Sadd of Qatar, after talks held over the last few days with the owners of the club.
“It is expected that Xavi Hernandez will arrive in Barcelona this weekend and that on Monday November 8 his presentation as new FC Barcelona first team coach will take place in an event open to the public at Camp Nou.
“After the event Xavi Hernandez will appear in a press conference.”
Al Sadd said in a club statement: “Club
administration have approved the transfer of Xavi to Barcelona after the payment of the clause stipulated in his contract. Xavi is considered an important part of our history and we wish him every success in the
future.”Xavi is one of the most decorated players in Barca’s history, having won 25 trophies at Camp
Nou between 1997 and 2015 including eight Liga titles and the Champions League.
Xavi who made 767 appearances for the club, a record bettered only by Lionel Messi, and also contributed 85 goals and 185 assists.
Xavi left Barca for Al Sadd in 2015 and retired four years later before becoming the Qatari club’s permanent manager, and delivered the league title
in his second season at Al Sadd.
Al Sadd won five more trophies under the 41 year old, who has now decided the time is right to head
back to Camp Nou having rejected previous offers from Barca due to a lack of coaching experience.
He had made it clear to reporters he wanted to head home when people started bringing rumours.
He said: “I really want to go home. I hope it happens. I have a contract and now the clubs have to negotiate. They already know my position.”
Xavi has got what he wanted, after Barca officials flew to Qatar to thrash out a deal with Al Sadd and their top coaching target before an agreement was finalised. Xavi will hope to hit the ground running, with Barca
travelling to Celta Vigo on Saturday before entering
another international break that will give the new boss time to find his feet in familiar surroundings. This work for Xavi would be a new development for FC BARCELONA.

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