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Xavi Silences Barcelona Return Rumours After Signing Two-Year Extension at Qatari Club Al-Sadd

Xavi has been linked with a return to Barcelona
Xavi has been linked with a return to Barcelona / Simon Holmes/Getty Images

Xavi has shut down speculation over his future by signing a two-year contract extension with Al-Sadd.

The 41-year-old had been linked with a return to Camp Nou to take over in the hotseat from Ronald Koeman. The veteran ex-Barcelona midfielder joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015 after 17 trophy-laden years with Barca.

Xavi was touted as one of the names to replace Ernesto Valverde in January 2020 and continues to be linked with a return to Barcelona. It was report earlier that his new deal with Al-Sadd included a clause that would allow him to move to Spain.

However, according to Marca, Xavi himself has dismissed those claims, stating: "This is incorrect. I have a two-year contract with Al-Sadd, and I respect this contract, and I also respect the official methods of negotiation between all parties".

The Blaugrana legend admitted earlier this year that he wants to head back to Barcelona, but he is not looking to oust Koeman from his role. He told FIFA’s official website: “Right now, I’m at Al Sadd and I’m doing well here. I’m at a big club in Asia, in Qatar. It’s the best team in Qatar.

“We’ll see what happens in the future. Everyone sees me as a Barcelona coach, and I really respect Barcelona and Koeman, the current head coach. I don’t want to hide the truth - of course I would like to be Barcelona’s head coach. I’ve said it many times.

“But I will always respect the presiding coach and the club. I wish them the best of course. I’ve been a Barcelona fan as long as I can remember. There’s an upcoming presidential election, so let’s see which candidate wins in roughly a month’s time.”