Barcelona and Xavi close to reaching an agreement.

Former Barcelona captain Xavi is set to join the club as the new manager. Al Sadd as agreed to let him join his boyhood club.

The Qatari side once said Xavi won’t be allowed to leave but now the story has changed. Al Sadd confirmed Barcelona has paid the release clause in Xavi’s contract.

Al Sadd tweeted that Xavi “is an important part of Al Sadd’s history” and wished him success in the future.

“The administration has agreed on Xavi’s move to Barcelona after the payment of the release clause stipulated in the contract,” the club posted on Twitter. “We’ve agreed on cooperation with Barcelona in the future.”

Xavi informed us a few days ago of his desire to go to Barcelona at this particular time, because of the critical stage his hometown club is going through, and we understand this and decided not to stand in his way,” said Al Sadd chief executive Turki Al-Ali.

Xavi played 779 times for Barcelona and won 25 titles with them as well.