Barcelona have named former midfielder and captain Xavi Hernandez as first-team coach on a contract till 2024, following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.
The La Liga membership obtained the inexperienced mild on Friday to signal the 41-year-old after they paid the discharge in his contract with Qatari aspect Al-Sadd.
Xavi performed for Barcelona for 17 years, making 767 appearances and profitable 25 trophies, together with 4 Champions League wins and eight league titles.
“FC Barcelona have reached an settlement with Xavi Hernandez for him to develop into first group coach for the remainder of the present season and two extra seasons,” the membership stated in a press release welcoming the legend again to the membership.
Dutch coach Koeman was sacked following a 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano final month which left Barca ninth in LaLiga.
The membership are nonetheless ninth after Sergi Barjuan was appointed as caretaker coach and sit 9 factors behind leaders Actual Sociedad with a recreation in hand.
Barjuan is about to stay in cost for his or her league match at Celta Vigo on Saturday, with Xavi arriving in Barcelona this weekend earlier than his presentation on Monday.
“It wasn’t goodbye, it was ‘see you quickly’. The Camp Nou has all the time been my house,” Xavi stated in a video addressed to the followers.
“You are my followers, my folks, the membership that I really like probably the most. And now, I am coming house. See you quickly, Culers. Forca Barca!”
Xavi’s first recreation will probably be a neighborhood derby in opposition to Espanyol on November 20 after the worldwide break.
A former Spain worldwide, Xavi joined Al-Sadd as a participant in 2015, turning into head coach after hanging up his boots in 2019. In April, he led his aspect to the Qatari home league title with the group unbeaten.
He turned down the prospect to educate Barca in January 2020 after Ernesto Valverde was sacked however remained linked with the job even after Koeman succeeded Quique Setien in August of final 12 months.