Xavi Hernandez

Qatari side Al Sadd are not happy at how FC Barcelona have been conducting negotiations with their head coach Xavi Hernandez.

Xavi is the frontrunner to replace Ronald Koeman who was sacked last week by Barcelona and while talks have been ongoing between the manager and his former employers, Al Sadd feels that they are not being respected as no one has contacted them directly.

Marca reports that Xavi and Barca want a deal to be done, but Al Sadd are reluctant to allow the Catalan coach to depart.

In a statement last week, Al Sadd noted: “In response to what is circulating recently, Al Sadd’s management reaffirms that Xavi has a two-year contract with the club and is completely focused on the team’s next game, to keep top spot in the league and defend the title.”
Xavi himself has also avoided discussing the speculation publicly, with his team unbeaten to date this season.

“I’m very concentrated on my work with Al Sadd and I don’t want to talk about anything else,” he responded when asked about Barcelona.

Reports in Spain indicate that Barca might officially announce the return of Xavi after the international break with the club currently under the watch of Sergi Barjuan who was appointed on an interim basis.

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