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BARCELONA ANNOUNCE XAVI AS FIRST-TEAM COACH AFTER RONALD KOEMAN DISMISSAL

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Farouq Oduola A.

Barcelona have finally announced former midfielder and captain Xavi Hernandez as first-team coach on a contract until 2024, following the firing of Ronald Koeman.

The La Liga club received the granted permission on Friday to sign the 41-year-old after they paid the release clause in his contract with Qatari side Al-Sadd.

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Xavi spent 17 years with Barcelona, appearing in 767 games and winning 25 trophies, including four Champions League titles and eight league trophies.

“FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez for him to become first team coach for the rest of the current season and two more seasons,” the club said in a statement welcoming the legend back to the club.

After Sergi Barjuan was named as caretaker coach, the club is still in ninth place, nine points behind Real Sociedad with a game in hand.

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