Xavi extends contract with Al-Sadd

Xavi has ended speculation that he could take over as Barcelona head coach by signing a two-year contract extension at Al-Sadd

Xavi also denied reports that he has a clause in his new contract that allows him to leave at any time.

Xavi has ended speculation that he could take over as Barcelona head coach by signing a two-year contract extension at Al-Sadd. Xavi is now set to stay on at the Qatari club through to 2023.

“We achieved a lot together, scored goals, won matches and titles, and we are all very proud of this success. Getting this kind of support is the best thing any coach can get,” Xavi told Al-Sadd’s official website.

“I have everything I could want to do well, and I feel proud to continue with Al-Sadd for an additional two seasons.”

Xavi also denied reports that he has a clause in his new contract that allows him to leave at any time.

“This is incorrect,” he said. “I have a two-season contract with Al-Sadd, and I respect this contract – and I also respect the official negotiation methods between all parties.”

Xavi himself acknowledged earlier this year that he hopes to manage his former club one day, saying: “Of course I would like to be Barcelona’s head coach. I’ve said it many times.”

But it appears that Xavi’s time will have to come in the future, despite the pressure mounting on Ronald Koeman as he nears the end of his first season in charge.

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