Xavi is very excited to become Barcelona manager, Xavi’s first game in charge of the Blaugrana would be against rivals Espanyol

The situation surrounding the appointment of Xavi Hernandez as the next Barcelona manager continues to develop intriguingly.

Reports earlier this week indicated that the 41-year-old’s return to Camp Nou was all but completed, with the final formalities pending.

However, Al Sadd, his current employers, issued a statement insisting that the former Spanish international still has two years left on his

contract and there have been no official approaches made for him yet.

But, now, Javi Miguel of AS has now come up with a fresh development on the topic, claiming that the plan for Xavi’s appointment at Barca is firmly in place.

The report from the Spanish publication states that Xavi will leave Al Sadd after their next two Qatar Stars League fixtures against Al Ahli and Al-Duhail.

The first game, which is set to take place tonight, would allow the Spaniard to say goodbye to the supporters at home.

The latter, against Al Sadd’s arch-rivals, which goes down on November 3, can take the team closer to the League title, as a win would

potentially open up a six-point lead at the top for the Qatari giants, which would be a good note for Xavi to leave the club on.

The report further indicates that Al Sadd, despite their statements, have agreed to waive off the former Barca midfielder’s buyout clause and would allow him to depart after the aforementioned two games.

Xavi’s departure and his subsequent appointment at Barcelona could, therefore, be announced next Thursday, on November 4.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup winner would then be presented after the Catalans’ La Liga clash against Celta Vigo on Sunday (Nov 6) or a day after.

Should this go through as planned, Xavi’s first game in charge of the Blaugrana would be against local rivals Espanyol on November 20.

The club legend and his support staff would have the two-week international break to prepare and put their plans in place for the contest – a period that they are looking at as an ‘express pre-season’.


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