FC Barcelona announced on Saturday night that they had agreed with the 41-year-old on a commitment for the current season and the next two seasons. The agreement was reached after talks with Xavi’s previous club Al-Sadd. The ex-superstar had a coaching contract with the Qatari football club that ran until 2023. Xavi, the two-time European champion (2008, 2012) and 2010 world champion, will succeed the Dutchman Ronald Koeman, who was sacked a week ago, at Barça. Since then, the previous coach of the B-Elf, Sergi Barjuan, has been looking after the professionals on an interim basis. Under his direction, the team, which also includes the Viennese Yusuf Demir, initially beat CD Alavés 1: 1 at home and is only ninth in the league. On Tuesday, the Catalans won the Champions League at Dynamo Kiev 1-0 and thus preserved their chances of reaching the round of 16.
Xavi had played for Barcelona between 1998 and 2015 and won the Champions League four times with the club. The former midfielder recently said he wanted to “return home”.