Mercato | Mercato – Barcelona: The Spanish press puts an end to the Xavi soap opera!

Posted on November 5, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. by HG updated on November 5, 2021 at 8:36 p.m.

While FC Barcelona has been working for several days with a view to bringing Xavi back, everything is now almost complete this perspective.

After a nightmarish start to the season, both in Liga and in Champions League , FC Barcelona has decided to dismiss Ronald Koeman while his contract expired on June 30th. The move marked the end of an endless soap opera as the Dutch technician was repeatedly touted as being in the hot seat, whether last summer or before the last international break. And after being announced in the footsteps of Roberto Martinez , Andrea Pirlo or even Antonio Conte – now in Tottenham , the Barça made the decision to bet on Xavi for the succession of Ronald Koeman . Thus, in a case where hot and cold has been blown several times, FC Barcelona has activated to complete as quickly as possible the arrival of the former midfielder on his bench .

Xavi fulfilled his destiny and will join FC Barcelona!

And if we are to believe all the echoes in the press, everything would now be settled. Yes, Xavi will be the new coach of FC Barcelona and will be officially appointed to the post in the coming hours. The Spanish press is also unanimous as to the duration of his contract, namely a commitment that will bind him to the Blaugrana until June 30, 2024. Even more, according to SPORT information confirmed by AS then, the date of presentation of Xavi would be scheduled for this Monday. The Catalan club have already undertaken all the necessary logistics for this event, which will be held within the Camp Nou enclosure between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. according to the first media quoted.

At the same time, details were released about the terms of his departure from Al-Sadd . Only here, at the moment, two versions are running on this point. According to the information released by MARCA, FC Barcelona would not pay the € 5 million of his release clause to the Qatar-based club. In fact, according to the Spanish media outlet, the two clubs arranged for the transaction to proceed as if it were a transfer. This would then allow Barça not to have to spend € 5m all at once, but rather to spread the payment of this sum over time. A movement that would be welcome in a context where the Catalan club is suffering on the economic side with fiances in the red. For the moment, this version is nevertheless not confirmed elsewhere in the press, AS even explaining that Xavi would have contributed to the payment of his clause of 5 M € with Al-Sadd . This is the only gray area still present in this soap opera, therefore, the return of the native of Terrassa to FC Barcelona is no longer in the shadow of a doubt. It remains to be seen whether his knowledge of the Catalan club and his experience within it will allow him to restore the image of a team and a club that has been adrift for several months now.

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