Xavi's arrival at Barca to take longer than expected
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Xavi's arrival at Barca to take longer than expected

According to a report in Marca, Xavi's arrival in Barcelona may take longer than expected.

Joan Laporta's first option to succeed Ronald Koeman is undoubtedly the great former midfielder, and Xavi has made it obvious that he wants and is prepared for the role.

However, Al-Sadd, the Qatari club he is currently in charge of, is putting up more resistance to the move than expected. They're annoyed that no one is questioning the move, despite the fact that no one from Barcelona has made a formal proposal.

On Saturday evening, Al-Sadd turned to Twitter to reaffirm that Xavi's two-year contract with the club is still in place, and that the Catalan is fully focused on his team's next matches.

In a press conference, Xavi expressed similar sentiments. He said he was focused on his business in Qatar and had no interest in talking about anything else.

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Despite the fact that the appointment is far from clear from Barcelona's perspective, the club's hierarchy has advocated for calm. They don't want to rush things, so Xavi will discuss his exit before arriving late to close the deal.