Barcelona dealt coaching blow as Al Sadd outline plan for Xavi

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Barcelona dealt coaching blow as Al Sadd outline plan for Xavi

Koeman departs Barcelona

A 1-0 loss away at Rayo Vallecano proved a bridge too far for Ronald Koeman and the Barcelona hierarchy to cross harmoniously, and the club made the decision shortly after full-time to part ways with the Dutch legend.

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It was a former Atletico Madrid player, Radamel Falcao, who scored what proved to be the final goal of a fixture under Koeman’s stewardship, ironic given the financial grief that dealings with the club from the Spanish capital have caused the Blaugrana in recent years.

Sergi Barjuan has since taken caretaker charge, and oversaw their Champions League win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League, but a longer term strategy is needed.

Xavi move in doubt?

It was thought that a move for FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez would be a cut-and-shut affair, with the decorated La Masia graduate reported to be keen on a move back to Spain from Qatar. Reliable transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano even going as far as to claim that “it’s [a] matter of time” until a deal is agreed.

However, as the CEO of Al Sadd Turki Al Ali, it may not be that simple.

Taking to social media, he revealed:

“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”

It is unclear when the “sensitive” part of the season ends, but it seems as though the Blaugrana may have to wait a while longer for their first choice coach.

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