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Xavi desperate to become Barcelona manager

Xavi is keen to become Barcelona's new manager.

The Spaniard has urged his current club, the Qatari outfit Al-Sadd, to allow him to leave so he can replace Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp.

The Barca legend confirmed that a deal to make him manager is "done" and simply depends on an agreement between the two clubs.

He told reporters: "I've been talking to Barca for days, it's done.

"But now it depends on the conversations between clubs, they need to reach an agreement. Barca is coming to talk, we are all eager and excited. We'll see if it ends up being done.

"I really want to go home. I hope it happens. I have a contract and now the clubs have to negotiate. They already know my position."

Al-Sadd captain Abdelkarim Hassan seemed resigned to the coach's departure following the 3-3 league draw with Al-Duhail.

He said: "Everyone is sad because of Xavi's departure, but he will coach a big team like Barcelona."

"Xavi presented a new idea to Qatari football and Al-Sadd players and helped us as a great player and coach, and his ideas led us to achieve a lot despite the criticism. We will miss him a lot."

Al-Sadd had previously suggested that they were not willing to let the former Spain midfielder leave the club at a crucial stage of the season.

The club said: "We are committed to keeping our coach Xavi with us and we cannot have him leave at this sensitive time of the season."

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