Barcelona on Friday confirms that former club legend Xavi Hernandez will be the new head coach on a contract until 2024, following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, SurgeZirc SA reports.
According to sky sports, the La Liga club received the green light on Friday to sign the 41-year-old after they paid the release in his contract with Qatari side Al-Sadd.
In a statement issued by the club, it reads: “FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez for him to become the first-team coach for the rest of the current season and two more seasons.”
Also on Friday, the Qatari side Al-Sadd issued a statement that confirms the departure of Xavi to Barcelona.
“The administration agreed on the transfer of Xavi to Barcelona after paying the penalty clause stipulated in the contract. We agreed with Barcelona on practical cooperation in the future, Xavi is an important part of the history and we wish him all success in the next stage,” the statement read.
Barcelona expects Xavi, who replaces Ronald Koeman, to arrive at the club this weekend ahead of his official presentation and first press conference at the Nou Camp on Monday.
Reacting to the appointment, Xavi said in an emotional video: “It wasn’t goodbye. It was see you soon.
“The Camp Nou has always been my home. You are my fans, my people, the club that I love the most. And now, I’m coming home. See you soon, Culers. Forca Barca!”
Xavi joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015, becoming a head coach after hanging up his boots in 2019. In April, he led his side to the Qatari domestic league title with the team unbeaten.
The former midfield maestro played for Barcelona for 17 years, making 767 appearances and winning 25 trophies, including four Champions League wins and eight league titles.