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Xavi signs one-year Al-Sadd contract extension amid speculation of Barcelona return

Image: Xavi won the Super Cup and Qatari Cup in his first season in charge at Al-Sadd

Xavi Hernandez has extended his contract as head coach of Al-Sadd for one year amid speculation linking him with a managerial return to Barcelona.

Xavi has been in charge of Qatari club Al-Sadd since the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign, leading the side to the Super Cup and Qatar Cup titles in his first season.

Barcelona approached Xavi before previous manager Ernesto Valverde was sacked in January 2020, but the Spaniard rejected the offer, only to say he is "ready" for the role two months later.

He was again linked to a return to the Nou Camp to take over from Valverde's replacement, Quique Setien, at the end of the current season if he fails to deliver success in La Liga or the Champions League.

Image: Setien's Barcelona side are four points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid

Xavi put those rumours on hold by committing to another of management year in Qatar.

"I am happy that the squad is complete today after the return of the remaining first team players, in preparation for this upcoming period and the resumption of the league championship," he told Al-Sadd's official website.

"I am happy to continue with Al-Sadd, and the team's goal will always be to compete for all titles."

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The 40-year-old spent 17 seasons at the Nou Camp winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.

He also played a crucial role in Spain's three successive major tournament wins at Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.

Barcelona are currently four points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid with five games left to play.

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