Xavi in tears as Qatari club Al Sadd confirm he has left role as head coach to become new Barcelona manager

Xavi was in tears after it was confirmed he has left Qatari club Al Sadd to become Barcelona’s new manager.

Barca sacked Ronald Koeman after a dreadful start to the season left them languishing down in 11th place.

Xavi is getting his dream move but cut an emotional figure as he said his goodbyes

The post-Lionel Messi era started off poorly and the Dutchman was not entirely to blame for the problems at the club.

The Catalan club face huge debt problems which have affected its ability to recruit on the pitch, while big money signings in recent years have proved unsuccessful.

Xavi will be tasked with turning things around and bring back the success to the club he enjoyed as a player.

The Nou Camp icon won eight LaLiga titles, four Champions Leagues, and three Copas del Rey in an illustrious career at Barca where he made 767 appearances.

Xavi left the club in 2015 to join Al Sadd, where he went on to become their manager.

He got them playing a tiki-taka style of football and has won seven trophies during his time as boss.

Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla, who now plays for Al Sadd, was among the well-wishers as he backed his former Spain teammate to be a success at Barca.

“Some people know the club well and know what he wants,” Cazorla said. “He has a clear idea of football. He wants the ball and to be the protagonists.

“He is going to do it in any team in the world that he trains.”

Xavi will now head back to Spain and become the latest former Barcelona player to manage the club, following in the footsteps of the likes of legends Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola.

Al Sadd chief executive Turki Al-Ali said in a statement: “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.”

The club also posted on Twitter that Xavi’s release clause was met, believed to £4.3million.

They said: “The Al Sadd administration has agreed on Xavi’s move to Barcelona after the payment of the release clause stipulated in the contract.

“We’ve agreed on cooperation with Barcelona in the future. Xavi is an important part of Al-Sadd’s history and we wish him success.

“Xavi and his family will remain welcome in Doha, and our relationship will continue.”

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