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Just in: Barcelona and Al Sadd in disagreement over Xavi’s release clause, negotiations frozen



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Al Sadd FC had stated not too long ago that they had officially parted ways with Xavi Hernandez. Their CEO Turk Al-Ali said in a statement: “The Al Sadd administration has agreed on Xavi’s move to Barcelona after the payment of the release clause stipulated in the contract.”

“Xavi informed us a few days ago of his desire to go to Barcelona at this particular time, because of the critical stage his hometown club is going through, and we understand this and decided not to stand in his way.”

Despite this confirmation on Al Sadd’s part, there is nothing from Barcelona’s. According to RAC1, the reason is in the CEO’s statement itself. They would agree on his move only if Barcelona would pay the release clause stipulated in the contract.

The Catalan based newspaper states that the Blaugrana have no intention of paying the €5Million that Al Sadd demands.

Until of course this is done, then Xavi will remain manager of Al Sadd football club. As it stands, the operation between Barcelona and the Qatari champions remains frozen.

Barça will travel to Vigo tomorrow to take on Celta Vigo as part of La Liga gameweek 9, where Sergi Barjuan will still be in charge of the team from the touchlines. An even more dramatic next days lie ahead for the club and fans.

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