Al Sadd are 'ANGRY' with Barcelona's pursuit of Xavi as their new boss

Al Sadd are ‘ANGRY’ with how Barcelona have ‘treated the deal as done’ for Xavi to replace Ronald Koeman as manager… just days after the Qatari club tweeted that the coach he has a two-year contract to fulfil

  • Qatari club Al Sadd are reportedly ‘angry’ with how Barcelona are pursuing Xavi
  • Xavi is the strong favourite to takeover after Barcelona sacked Ronald Koeman
  • Al Sadd reminded Barcelona on Friday that Xavi still has a two-year contract

Qatari club Al Sadd are reportedly furious with how Barcelona have conducted their pursuit of Xavi as they hunt for a new manager.

Xavi is the strong favourite to takeover in Catalonia following Barcelona’s decision to part ways with Ronald Koeman last week after the Dutchman oversaw the club’s worst start to a season since 1987-88. 

But Al Sadd are desperate to keep hold of their coach, who has enjoyed major success in his two years in charge in the Middle East.

Al Sadd are reportedly furious with how Barcelona have conducted their pursuit of Xavi 

Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed on Friday that he has held talks with the Spaniard

They even released a public statement on Twitter on Friday night, warning Barcelona off of Xavi and reminding their coach that he has a two-year contract they expect him to honour.

The post read: ‘In response to what’s circulating recently, the #AlSadd management reaffirms that Xavi has a two-year contract with the club and is fully focused on the team’s upcoming matches, to maintain our lead at the top of the league and to defend the title. #AlwaysAlSadd’.

And Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Monday morning that Al Sadd are ‘angry’ with how Barcelona have ‘treated the deal as done’ in the past few days.

It’s also claimed that nobody from the LaLiga club has even contacted Al Sadd to begin formal negotiations over a deal for Xavi. 

According to Sport, Xavi has a release clause of £840,000 that Barcelona will have to fork out, although AS say there could be a gentleman’s agreement between the manager and his bosses in Qatar to let him leave for free. 

Xavi has managed Al Sadd for two years and joined as a player in 2015 after leaving Barca. The LaLiga side have placed Sergi Barjuan, the current coach of the club’s B-team, in temporary charge of the first team.

The Qatari champions tweeted that Xavi is ‘fully focused’ and has two years left on his contract

On Friday, Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitted that the club have been in talks with the club’s former midfielder over a return but refused to confirm whether the Spaniard would take over from Koeman. 

‘My opinion about Xavi as a manager is he is in a process learning, evolving, I have really good references from close people who know him better than me in that way,’ he said at a press conference on Friday. 

‘I talked with him two months ago when we gave Ronald Koeman this confidence because I understand that we had to give him those months, the team needed some time to recover.

‘I have a great relationship with Xavi, I have been speaking with him in the last month, I know his opinion about this squad, what he thinks has to happen. We talk as two friends and in this case my opinion is a really good one.

‘I am talking to him because he loves football, he is a huge Barca fan, it is one of his goals in his life.

Ronald Koeman was sacked after overseeing the club’s worst start to a season since 1987-88

Xavi would coach former team-mates Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets if he was to return

‘If he is the one able to manage this squad, I have a great relationship with him and he is a possibility because we will see how everything will continue evolving.

‘These are private conversations between friends and I cannot explain what we talked about. 

‘I already told you and I cannot explain anything about our options because it will not be professional and it will affect our plans. I am sorry, but I cannot tell you anything.

‘I have always said one day he will be Barca’s head coach but I don’t know when. We have great references about Xavi at Al Sadd.

‘All our reports about Xavi are positive. We can talk a lot about Xavi but I cannot give you more details. He is in all the papers, but we also have other options.’ 

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