Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has said he is hopeful of a return home but the club is not willing to let their manager leave at this stage in the season. Rafa Yuste and Mateu Alemany traveled to Doha to meet with Al Sadd as well as Xavi’s agents to secure his return home. Barcelona has struggled this season which led to the sacking of Ronald Koeman last month.

“It’s been emotional. I don’t know what’s going to happen,” former Barcelona midfielder Xavi said. “The two clubs are in talks and we don’t know how things will pan out. I’m a very positive person and I think it’s common sense: the two clubs have to reach an agreement. The two clubs know my stance and I hope that everything will get sorted out soon.”

“Whoever takes over as the Barcelona coach mustn’t be seen as a messiah. It’s a matter of building a team and bringing that feel-good factor and positivity back to the club. The Barcelona that we saw yesterday was already a different side.” he added. “There’s a good team there that can achieve things, but we’ll see. We’ve all got to pull in the same direction. It’s an exciting step in my career. We’re all buzzing and it would be fantastic.”

“We welcome the visit of the administrative delegation from Barcelona, and we appreciate and respect this,” Al-Ali said in a statement. “The club’s position is clear from the beginning – we are committed to keeping our coach Xavi with us and we cannot have him leave at this sensitive time of the season.”

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