Xavi came to Al Sadd in May 2015. Therefore, the link with his club, between his stage as a player and that of a coach, has already lasted for more than six years. The Catalan’s official contract, renewed in 2019, was extended until 2022, until after the Qatar World Cup next year. It is not, therefore, only a contractual negotiation, although it is now the main and only one, an obstacle to the arrival of the Catalan to Can Bara.
The Al Sadd-Xavi link is more than contractual. It is affective. The meeting that the coach will try to have today with his team bosses will be key to unlocking a situation that, beyond existing clauses or not, has to do with the personal rather than the professional.
Al Sadd cannot complain about the service that the Spaniard has given him. Xavi gan four titles as a player and seven as a technician. This Tuesday he beat the record (34) of matches in a row without losing in the League, a historic record for the club, just seven (41) behind the overall Qatar League, in the hands of Al Duhail (41 in 2018).
Xavi’s disengagement also has familiar aspects The player’s Family, Headed by his wife, Nuria, they are delighted in Doha and their children have grown up there. The change will be assumed professionally, but it will cost personally, not because they do not want to return to Catalonia, but because of how well they are in Qatar.
Xavi, anyway, hopes that Don’t trouble sadd. He thinks the two of you have such a good relationship that your bosses will understand this request. From there, suitcase … and for Barcelona.