Al-Sadd reaffirm desire to keep Xavi as head coach after Barcelona club executives travel to Qatar

 The Catalan giants appeared to be on the verge of appointing a club legend as the permanent successor to Ronald Koeman

Barcelona are closing in on appointing Xavi as their new head coach after sending club executives to Qatar to finalise a deal, Goal can confirm, however his current club Al-Sadd have restated their desire to hold onto their manager.

Xavi was initially offered the top job at Camp Nou following Ronald Koeman's sacking on October 27.

Sergi Barjuan has taken interim charge of the squad while Barca work on the appointment of a club legend. Although a final agreement appears close, Al Sadd have insisted that they still have no intention of letting Xavi leave.