Xavi extended his contract with Al-Sadd from Qatar on Sunday for a year. The 40-year-old trainer from Spain is now fixed until the next presidential elections of FC Barcelona, the club where he is often mentioned as a new coach.
"I am happy to be staying with Al-Sadd longer," said Xavi on the Doha club's site. "My focus is now entirely on preparing the players as well as possible for the coming competitions."
The former midfielder ended his active career in 2019 with Al-Sadd and immediately became the head coach of the Qatar Stars League club. He led his team to the victory of the Qatari cup and the super cup.
Xavi has long been cited as a top candidate to become a trainer at FC Barcelona, the club for which he played 769 official matches between 1998 and 2015. The current trainer Quique Setién is under considerable pressure due to poor results.
Víctor Font has already announced that he wants to appoint Xavi as head coach if the Catalan entrepreneur is elected president of Barcelona next year, succeeding the dis-electable Josep Bartomeu.
Xavi, who in January thanked Barcelona for an offer to replace fired trainer Ernesto Valverde, said in March in an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that he wants to return to Barça as head coach.
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