Mercato | Mercato – Barcelona: In Qatar, we already regret Xavi!

Posted on November 4, 2021 at 4.30 p.m. by AC

Several Al Sadd players seem to have sold the game for Xavi, who would be getting closer to a return to FC Barcelona.

We only talk about him! More than five years after his departure, Xavi could make his comeback at FC Barcelona , but this time on the bench! After an experience at Al Sadd , the former midfielder is indeed announced as the big favorite to succeed Ronald Koeman and therefore put an end to the interim of Sergi Barjuan , who would return to lead Barça B . On Wednesday, RAC1 announced the departure of Rafa Yuste and Mateu Alemany to Qatar, in order to meet the leaders of Al Sadd and therefore find an agreement so that Xavi is released from his contract, which runs until 2023. Everything had to be settled fairly quickly … but ultimately things should be longer than expected! Emissaries from Mundo Deportivo in Qatar say the absence of Joan Laporta will not go away at all. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani , owner of Al Sadd , indeed thought he could negotiate directly with the president of FC Barcelona for Xavi. To make matters worse, quite critical statements from Laporta towards Qatar and especially its investments in Paris Saint-Germain would have emerged and would begin to fuel some tensions.

“We wish Xavi the best”

Within Al Sadd , however, we seem to have spoiled the surprise. Several players have indeed expressed themselves following Wednesday's meeting against Al-Duhail (3-3), like Abdul Karim Hassan, whose words leave very little room for doubt. : “We are all very sad because Xavi is leaving after this meeting,” he explained, in comments reported by SPORT. “But at the same time, we're happy for him. He will train a great team, moving from Al Sadd to Barça. Xavi represented a new idea in Qatari football and was important to Al Sadd. It was a great honor for all of us to work alongside him ”. Former Villarreal and Arsenal , and barely younger than his trainer, Santi Cazorla also sold the wick on Xavi . “We wish the best for Xavi, we only want the best for him” explained the former Spanish international, at the microphone of Cadena SER. “I am very grateful for everything you have done for me. Now is the time to wait and see what happens ”. If the disagreements between FC Barcelona and Al Sadd remain, everything suggests that in the end an agreement will be found, especially with the firm desire of Xavi to find his former club. However, we will have to wait before seeing him on the bench, since Mundo Deportivo announced this Thursday that it is still Sergi Barjuan who will lead the team against Celta Vigo this Saturday, with the new coach who will not be presented until November 20.

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