New Delhi: The iconic player, Xavi Hernandez, who embodied the attacking style made popular by the Spanish giants Barcelona and Spain’s national team is reportedly making a return to Camp Nou as the new coach of his boyhood club.
Barcelona on Saturday announced that Xavi has agreed to a contract through 2024 after he was released as a coach from Al-Sadd, a Qatari club.
The 41-year-old Xavi will be replacing Ronal Koeman, who was fired last week due to the club’s series of losses. Since then, Sergi Barjuan has been coaching Barcelona and will be returning to manage the reserve team after today’s game at Celta Vigo.
The former Spanish midfielder left Barcelona in 2015 after helping the Catalans win 25 titles, including four UEFA Champions Leagues and eight Spanish league titles in 17 seasons. He was a key player to Spain’s streak of titles when it held the trophy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
He has been at Al-Sadd, first as a player and then as its coach ever since leaving Barcelona.