Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has calmed every rumour of being linked to a managerial role at Barcelona by extending his contract as head
Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has calmed every rumour of being linked to a managerial role at Barcelona by extending his contract as head coach of Al-Sadd for one year.
The Spaniard has been in charge of Qatari club Al-Sadd since the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign, leading the side to the Super Cup and Qatar Cup titles in his first season.
There were reports that Barcelona had approached Xavi before previous manager Ernesto Valverde was sacked in January 2020, but the Spaniard rejected the offer, only to say he is “ready” for the role two months later.
He has however put any speculation concerning that move on hold, as he penned a one year contract extension with the Qatari outfit.
“I am happy that the squad is complete today after the return of the remaining first team players, in preparation for this upcoming period and the resumption of the league championship,” he told Al-Sadd’s official website.
“I am happy to continue with Al-Sadd, and the team’s goal will always be to compete for all titles.”
Xavi who clocked 40 earlier in the year, came through the Barcelona academy before breaking the record for most appearances for the senior side, winning four Champions League trophies and eight La Liga titles.
He joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015 before being appointed coach last July.