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Xavi: I want to leave Al-Sadd for Barcelona

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Al-Sadd boss Xavi has acknowledged that he wants “to go home” after being offered the position of manager at former club Barcelona.

On the back of parting ways with Ronald Koeman, the Catalan giants have been attempting to secure a reunion with their legendary midfielder.

However, on Wednesday, Al-Sadd said that they would not release the Spaniard from his contract, insisting that he continue in his current role.

Despite Al-Sadd’s statement, Xavi has reiterated that he wants to be given the opportunity to return to the La Liga side as soon as possible.

Speaking after Wednesday’s Qatar Stars League match with Al-Duhail, the 41-year-old said: “I’ve been talking to Barca for days, it’s done.

“But now it depends on the conversations between clubs, they need to reach an agreement. Barca is coming to talk, we are all eager and excited. We’ll see if it ends up being done.

“I really want to go home. I hope it happens. I have a contract and now the clubs have to negotiate. They already know my position.”

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