Xavi dismisses Barca return with new Al-Sadd contract
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Xavi dismisses Barca return with new Al-Sadd contract

Xavi Hernandez has extended his deal with Qatari side Al-Sadd, putting an end to rumors linking him with a summer return to Barcelona.

The former Spanish international has now signed a new contract with the Arab superpower that will last until 2023.

Following the sacking of Ernesto Valverde, the ex-Spanish international was linked with the vacant manager's position at the Camp Nou last summer.

He chose to stay in Qatar, and Ronald Koeman was appointed Valverde's replacement on a two-year contract.
But, with Barcelona already out of the Champions League and their hopes of winning La Liga dwindling in recent weeks, the Dutch manager is facing questions about his own future at the Camp Nou.

According to the Daily Mail, new club president Joan Laporta previously reported that his long-term aim is to bring Xavi back to Catalonia, but that dream now appears to be deferred by at least a year.

Between 1998 and 2015, Xavi had an incredible run at Barcelona, winning nine league titles and four Champions Leagues in 767 appearances for the club, a club record only Lionel Messi has exceeded.