As Xavi looks set to become the new manager of his former club FC Barcelona, here’s his record at Qatar side Al-Sadd as manager, salary at the club and contract
Now that Ronald Koeman is sacked by Barcelona, it looks like the club’s foremost choice to replace the Dutch manager is none other than Barca legend Xavi. The official announcement of Koeman’s exit from the club comes after Barcelona’s 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday. Joan Laporta, President of Barca engaged in talks with Xavi about bringing the Blaugrana superstar back to Camp Nou, after a string of disappointing performances under Ronald Koeman.
Knowing the amount of love Xavi feels for Barca, it would not have been difficult to convince him to return to the club as manager now would it? The World-cup winner was with the Spanish giants for a total of 17 years and will now come back 6 years after leaving the club. Xavi finished his playing career in Qatar where he played for Al-Sadd afte leaving Barcelona. However, he decided to become the manager of the Qatari side in 2019 and has gained huge success with the team.
Xavi Record As Manager of Al-Sadd, Salary And Contract In Qatar
Al-Sadd has played 89 matches in total under the management of Xavi and have won 61 out of those 89 games. The Qatari side has lost only 16 matches and drawn 12 times.
During his stint as manager, Al-Sadd has won seven different titles- the Qatari Super Cup (2018-19), Qatari Stars Cup, Qatari Cup title, Qatari League Cup title (2019-20), Qatari Cup and Qatari League Cup for the second time (2020-21). All of these seven titles were won by Al-Sadd under Xavi in just 2.33 years.
As of now, the Qatar team has played seven matches in the Qatar Stars League 2021-22 season and have won all of them under Xavi. The former Spain International has an average of 2.19 points per match for Al-Sadd.
Current salary and contract at the club
Xavi was earning an annual salary of 10 million Euros as a player for Al-Sadd. This amount is very likely to have risen when he took charge as the manager of the Qatari side in 2019. As for his current contract with the club, it expires on June 30, 2023, which is now looking to end soon with him joining Barcelona as manager.
How much can Barcelona offer to pay Xavi?
If Barca want Xavi to return as manager, they will have to trigger his one million euro release clause at Al-Sadd. Barcelona can actually offer to pay only three million euros as salary to Xavi and his coaching team until the end of this season. This means Xavi’s salary will be lower than what a Barcelona coach would normally earn.
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