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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Barcelona are in negotiations with Qatari club Al-Sadd to demand the release of Xavi Hernandez so that the former star can return to Camp Nou as a new coach.

“The two clubs are in conversation and we don’t know how it will end,” Xavi told a team from Catalan state broadcaster TV3 which deployed to Qatar on Wednesday. “It’s very exciting, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

The former Spain midfielder has acknowledged that coaching Barcelona will be “an exciting step” in his career.

“We are all very impatient,” he said. “It would be spectacular.”

Al-Sadd doesn’t seem so eager to let him go.

In a statement, Xavi’s current employer said he “welcomed the visit of the administrative delegation” from Barcelona. But Al-Sadd CEO Turki Al-Ali added: “The club’s position has been clear from the start – we are committed to keeping our coach Xavi with us and we cannot let him go at this sensitive time. of the season.”

Al-Sadd leads the Qatari league by three points after nine games played.

Barcelona have played two games under the guidance of interim coach Sergi Barjuan, who took over after Ronald Koeman was sacked with the struggling squad in both the Spanish league and the Champions League.

Barcelona’s next game is on Saturday at Celta Vigo.

Xavi, 41, left Barcelona in 2015 after helping them win 25 titles in 17 seasons, including four European Cups. He also played a key role in Spain’s victory at the 2010 World Cup and the European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

Since then he has been at Al-Sadd, first as a player and then as a coach.


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