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Sport Alves agrees Barca return under Xavi

00:07  13 november  2021
00:07  13 november  2021 Source:   afp.com

Xavi 'looking forward to going home' as Barca negotiate with Al Sadd

  Xavi 'looking forward to going home' as Barca negotiate with Al Sadd Xavi Hernandez said on Wednesday he was "looking forward to going home" and hopes Barcelona can reach an agreement with Al Sadd in "a matter of hours, maybe days" to secure his return to the club as coach. “I think it is a matter of hours, maybe days.  They know my position, hopefully it can be done."Barcelona sent vice-president Rafa Yuste and director of football Mateu Alemany to Doha for talks on Wednesday but club president Joan Laporta did not travel with them.Alemany and Yuste both watched Al Sadd's game against Al Duhail from the stands.

Barcelona announced on Friday that veteran defender Dani Alves will be returning to the club as new coach Xavi Hernandez's first signing.

Dani Alves (L) with Xavi Hernandez (R) together in 2011 © LLUIS GENE Dani Alves (L) with Xavi Hernandez (R) together in 2011

Alves, 38, has been a free agent since leaving Sao Paulo in September but is ineligible until the transfer window opens early next window.

He played for the Camp Nou outfit between 2008-2016 when he lifted the Champions League title three times alongside Xavi.

"Barcelona and Dani Alves have reached an agreement in principle for the player to join the football first team for the remainder of the current season," they said.

Xavi Hernandez returns to Barcelona: Club legend will leave Al-Sadd to manage Barcelona, Qatari club confirms

  Xavi Hernandez returns to Barcelona: Club legend will leave Al-Sadd to manage Barcelona, Qatari club confirms Barcelona agreed to pay his buy-out clause and bring Xavi homeThe 41-year-old legendary former Barca and Spain midfielder finished his playing days in Qatar before taking his first steps into management with Al Sadd from 2019.

"The Brazilian will be joining training from next week but will not be able to play until January.

"In the Catalan capital, he made the right back slot his own across eight seasons, making 391 official appearances and scoring 23 goals.

"Alves has also played for Brazil, winning six major titles, most recently the Tokyo Olympic Games, where he lined up in the final against what are now his team-mates Oscar Mingueza, Eric Garcia and Pedri," they added.

Alves will compete with USA youngster Sergino Dest for a starting berth with Spain centre-back Oscar Mingueza also able to cover at right-back.

Xavi was presented as the club's new boss on Monday to replace the sacked Ronald Koeman returning to the side where he won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues as a player.

Despite club debts of more than a billion euros ($1.16billion), Xavi is tasked with returning Barcelona to Europe's elite and recovering a style of play most associated with Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola.

Xavi's priority this term will be to ensure Barcelona qualify for next season's Champions League by finishing in La Liga's top four.

They also face a fight to make the last 16 of this season's tournament, with a crunch game away to Benfica to come later this month.

The Catalans' next match after the international break is on November 20 at home against city rivals Espanyol.

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There are glimpses of optimism for Barcelona under its new manager, but its immediate Champions League outlook is imperiled, underscoring the long-term nature of his task. View the original article to see embedded media.A goalless draw between Barcelona and Benfica means that both sides keep alive their hopes of taking second place in their Champions League group behind Bayern Munich. But Tuesday’s meeting at the Camp Nou wasn’t really about that.

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