Barcelona are articulate to appoint Xavi Hernández as their head coach after dismissing Ronald Koeman on Wednesday night. The club’s former midfielder is directing the Qatari club Al Sadd but wants to return to the Camp Nou and haggling are continuing to release him from his contract.

Barcelona’s board have been in touch with Xavi over the job for some weeks, with it long having been a question of when Koeman would be sacked.

The 41-year-old star gained La Liga eight times and the Champions League four times with FCB as an intrinsic part of the greatest period in their history. He came to the club in 1992, made his first appearance under Louis van Gaal six years later and retreated in 2015 having procured 27 trophies, made 184 assists and scored 85 goals.

 

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