Xavi Hernandez returns to Barcelona as their new head coach.
Barcelona is in a tough season as the team has seen its worst run of form in a long time led by their former Gaffer, Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona executives Mateu Alemany & Rafa Yuste were in Doha for the last couple of days to negotiate Xavi’s exit from Al-Sadd.
The former Barca midfielder has had to do some negotiating of his own too, visiting the palace of Al-Sadd chairman Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani to discuss his release (around €5m).
Official statement from Al-Sadd stated: “the Al-Sadd administration has agreed on Xavi’s move to Barcelona after the payment of the release clause stipulated in the contract. We’ve agreed on cooperation with Barcelona in the future”
Xavi won’t be in charge of Barca for their clash with Celta on Saturday, but he will have time to get settled over the international break ahead of taking charge of the derby with Espanyol after the break.
Xavi Hernandez Creuz played for Barcelona from 1998 to 2015, making 505 appearances and netting 58 goals for the club.