Barcelona receive huge blow over Xavi – Al-Sadd release official statement

Wednesday morning’s Catalan media was very confident on Xavi Hernandez to Barcelona being finalised soon.

Two officials from the club travelled to Doha to finalise the agreement with Al-Sadd, who would have to release the manager from his contract with them.

There wasn’t thought to be a problem in the process, and it was even stated no compensation would be payable.

Instead there’s been talk of things like a friendly match between the two clubs.

The claims even stated the move could be finalised on Wednesday or Thursday, and yet now there appears to be a problem in the way for Barcelona.

This afternoon, Al Sadd have released a statement via social media.

It makes it clear they’re not currently prepared to let Xavi leave the club for Barcelona or anywhere else.

Al-Sadd’s statement direct from club CEO Turki Al-Ali reads: ‘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.’

Such a move would suggest the club haven’t been impressed with what they’ve heard from Barcelona.

It was made clear early in this mini-saga that Al-Sadd expected the Catalan side to treat them as equals in any talks.

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