Xavi Hernandez's name has been heard for a long time. Barcelona president Joan Laporta was most interested in coaching Xavi. That initiative is succeeding this time. Xavi Hernandez is going to be the coach of Barcelona after putting an end to all speculations. This is the second club in Xavi's coaching career.
The former Barcelona midfielder is also leaving the responsibility of Qatar club Al Saad for this. Al Saad tweeted on Friday that Barcelona would pay for the release clause. So they agreed to let Xavi go.
In a statement, Qatari club Al Saad said: "Al Saad's officials have agreed to release Xavi for Barcelona only after they have agreed to the terms of the contract. Xavi is an important part of Al Saad's history and we wish him success.
Barcelona fired coach Ronald Koeman late last month. From then on, rumors about Xavi started. Sometimes they appoint Sergei Barjuan, who is in charge of Bar ‘a's 'B' team, as the interim coach.
Xavi, who made 767 appearances for Barca, was a key player at the club during Laporta's first spell as president between 2003 and 2010, and the two have always maintained a good relationship.
Xavi takes over Barca with the team at its lowest ebb in over a decade. They have won just four of their opening 11 games in LaLiga and risk missing out on the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in 20 years if they fail to beat Benfica on Nov. 23.
The team has struggled to move on from the loss of Messi to PSG, with the club's gross debt of €1.4 billion making it impossible to invest in new players.