Spanish giants Barcelona have appointed former midfielder Xavi Hernandez as the new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal. 

Xavi replaces Ronald Koeman who was sacked following strings of poor results that left Barcelona ninth on the log.

“FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Xavi Hernández for him to become a first-team coach for the rest of the current season and two more seasons,” a statement from the club read.

“Xavi Hernández, a youth team product at Barça, has left his current club, Al-Sadd of Qatar, after talks held over the last few days with the owners of the club.”

The 41-year-old said his goodbyes to Qatari side Al-Sadd on Friday evening ahead of his return to the Catalans.

Xavi’s comments

“It wasn’t goodbye. It was see you soon,” Xavi said in a video following Barcelona’s announcement.

“The Camp Nou has always been my home. You’re my fans, my people, the club that I love the most. And now, I’m coming home. See you soon, Culers. Forca Barca!”

The Spaniard is expected to arrive in Barcelona this weekend and will be presented as the new coach on Monday in an event open to the public at Camp Nou.


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