Xavi Hernandez (41) told the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday that he “would really like to come home”. The FC Barcelona club icon is in pole position to succeed Ronald Koeman, who was fired last week as the head coach of the Catalans, but is still attached to the Qatari top club Al-Sadd. “It’s only a matter of time,” said Xavi.
Barcelona’s vice president Rafael Yuste and football affairs director Mateu Alemany attended Al-Sadd’s 3-3 draw against Al-Duhail on site on Wednesday. There is contact between the two clubs, although Al-Sadd indicated last week that Xavi remains fully focused on the club where he still has a two-year contract.
Mundo Deportivo had a different sound. “I really want to return home,” Xavi told the Spanish newspaper. “The clubs are negotiating and a solution has to be found. I’m very excited, but I also respect my contract. Hopefully it’ll be okay. The club knows my point of view. I am positive. It will be a matter of hours, maybe days.”
Xavi played 767 official games for FC Barcelona during his successful playing career. He won 25 prizes during that period.