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Xavi reportedly agreed to become Barcelona coach just hours after Ronald Koeman sacked

Arcelona has reached an agreement with his former midfielder Xavi to become his next manager, it was learned Thursday in Spain.

Spanish publication Sport said Xavi was their No.1 target and the next step would be for Barcelona to negotiate their release from Qatari club Al Sadd. The 41-year-old is said to have a £ 850,000 release clause.

Xavi left Barcelona in 2015 after being a key part of the club’s golden age. He ended his playing career with Al Sadd and then became their manager in 2019, and has already led them to seven trophies, including the league last season.

Xavi has been seen as a future Barcelona manager, and last year he revealed he turned down the option to take over his former club.

He said he was approached after Barca’s sacking of Ernesto Valverde in January 2020. Xavi said: “I did not accept this offer especially since it is too early for me to coach Barcelona. “

Koeman was eliminated following a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano, a side that had not beaten Barcelona since 2002. Barca are ninth in La Liga, six points behind leaders Real Madrid, after losing against rivals 2-1 on Sunday. .



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