Barcelona: Attempts to appoint Xavi suffer blow as Al Sadd release statement

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Al Sadd are committed to keeping Xavi Hernadez as their manager despite interest from Barcelona.

Following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, the 41-year-old has been linked with the job and was even backed by former manager Pep Guardiola as a candidate.

Still, despite Barca officials Rafa Yuste and Mateu Alemany traveling to Doha in an attempt to negotiate a deal that would see their legendary midfielder return, his current employers have released a statement.

“We welcome the visit of the administrative delegation from Barcelona, and we appreciate and respect this,” Al-Ali said in a social media statement on Al-Sadd’s official Twitter account.

“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.”

Spanish media reported that Xavi, who enjoyed an illustrious career with Barcelona from 1998-2015, has a release clause of 10 million euros ($11.6 million).

Barcelona sacked Koeman after a dismal start to the season. The club, who are ninth in LaLiga, are currently under the guidance of caretaker coach Sergi Barjuan.

Additional reporting from Reuters

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