Barcelona – Xavi Hernandez, the footballer who played the most official matches according to the club’s statistics In the Barcelona shirt (779), he was chosen to replace Ronald Koeman, who was sacked on Wednesday night after Barcelona’s defeat in Madrid by Rayo Vallecano.
Contacts between Barcelona and Xavi continued immediately after Koeman’s dismissal, Thursday morning, and according to ESPN Deportes, an agreement was reached, pending the termination of his contract with Al-Sadd.
The coach will arrive in Barcelona accompanied by his brother Oscar, who will work as an assistant with Sergio Allegri and with Ivan Torres as a physical coach. All this, of course, understood his separation from his current club.
It has not yet been decided when Xavi will take charge of the team. Barcelona intends to do so immediately, giving him next Saturday’s match with Al-Sadd to bid farewell to the club and lead the Barcelona team already in the Champions League duel in Ukraine against Dynamo Kiev.
In this way, it will be Sergey Barguan, coach of the subsidiary, who will take charge of the team from Thursday and direct Saturday’s match against Alaves.
Otherwise, his integration may be delayed until he breaks into the national team and remains in place for the three games to be played until then (Alaves, Dynamo and Celta) provisionally for Xavi’s derby debut against Espanyol on November 20.
Under a contract with Al-Sadd until June 2023, Xavi has a release clause of one million euros that Barcelona is already negotiating with the Qatari club, a prerequisite for his return to the Camp Nou.
Barcelona’s sports vice president, Rafael Yusti, and director of football Matteo Alemani are discussing the terms of the coach’s termination with his current club, from which the 41-year-old Catalan coach will be bid farewell after a successful six-month period. Years he started as a player before becoming his coach, winning seven titles in two seasons.