Xavi Hernández, who will become Barcelona’s new coach, said goodbye to the Al Sadd squad this Friday, as evidenced by the photographs published by the Qatari club on its official social media account.
Al Sadd organized an emotional encounter in which the coach and his coaching staff were able to say goodbye one by one of their players, including the Spanish Santi Cazorla, considered the best player in the Qatari Super League last season, and members of the board of directors.
In the photographs Xavi is also seen signing the Qatari team shirt and saying goodbye just before getting in his car.
Xavi Hernández greeted his team members and signed shirts before leaving the Qatari club’s facilities in Doha.
Although Barcelona has not yet made his signing official, the Asian club did close the departure of the Spanish coach and the return to the Barça club also in a statement issued this Friday morning.
The executive director of the Asian club, Turki Al-Ali, confirmed the agreement for the departure of Xavi “after paying the penalty clause stipulated in the contract”.
Xavi Hernández said goodbye to the campus and the Al Sadd board of directors.
“Xavi informed us in the last days of his desire to go to Barcelona at this time, in particular due to the critical stage that his club in the city is going through. We understand him and we decided not to stand in his way. Xavi and his family will be welcomed in Doha and the relationship will continue“, the official of Al-Sadd added in the statement.
In this way, Xavi Hernández will become the new manager of the Barça team after more than five years at the Qatari club, first as a player and since 2018 as a coach.
The emotion of Xavi Hernández at the moment of his farewell from Al Sadd.
Al Sadd, who assures that they have reached a cooperation agreement with Barcelona for the future, affirmed that Xavi is the “history” of the club. In fact, he won four titles, two in the League, in his last stage as an active footballer, and as a coach he has managed to ensure that the team has dominated Qatari football, with another seven crowns but above all with absolute dominance.
Xavi, who leaves Al-Sadd at the top of the Qatari Super League table with three points ahead of Al Duhail (with whom they tied at three in their last match on Wednesday), will occupy the Barcelona bench after the departure of the Dutchman Ronald Koeman and that in these last games he has been in charge of Sergi Barjuán on an interim basis.
Xavi Hernández on his departure from Al Sadd.
In the absence of the official announcement from Barcelona, the 41-year-old former player returns to the Barcelona club six and a half years after announcing his departure. The club is in a more than delicate economic situation and the team is also going through a difficult time, ninth in the LaLiga Santander standings, second in the Champions League, but above all in need of rediscovering its style.