Xavi, who played 779 games and bagged 25 titles with Barca, had said openly he hoped”to go home”as Barca head and that an agreement could be reached.
Al Sadd articulate Barca have paid the relief clause in Xavi’s deal.
The World Cup and two- time European Championship- winning former Spain international left Barcelona for Al Sadd in 2015, foremost joining the club as a player.
He took over as head coach after retiring in 2019 and coached them to last season’s league title. They’re unbeaten in 36 league games.
The Qatari club tweeted that Xavi”is an important part of Al Sadd’s history”and wished him success in the future.
Since Barcelona sacked Ronald Koeman on 27 October, Xavi has been heavily linked with a return to the Nou Camp where he spent the majority of his bright playing career.
Barcelona are ninth in La Liga after bagging only four of their opening 11 games, allowing them nine points adrift of leaders Real Sociedad.
Turki Al-Ali: 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.#AlSadd
— 🏆 #76 Al Sadd SC | نادي السد (@AlsaddSC) November 5, 2021
The Catalan club has this season struggled under monetary pressures, and failed to extend Xavi’s previous team- mate Lionel Messi’s stay because of pay constraints.
Barcelona were unable to spend any money on new signings in the summer, with Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia arriving as free transfers and striker Luuk de Jong joining on loan from Sevilla.
Barca president Joan Laporta has earlier said”I’ve always said one day (Xavi) will be Barca’s head coach but I do not know when.