Xavi bursts into tears at dinner party as he leaves Qatar for Barcelona

Barcelona are set to announce that their former midfielder Xavi has become their manager, but it is not all smiles for the Spaniard as he leaves Qatar.

The Catalan giants sacked Ronald Koeman last month after the former Everton boss struggled to get results with the talented squad at his disposal.

Barca have won just four of their first 11 games of the season and sit in 11th spot in the La Liga, already nine points behind league leaders Real Sociedad.

Xavi will be hoping that he can spark a change in the ways of his former club, and the prospect of working under the watchful eye of a club legend will eke out improvement from some of the star players.

The 41-year-old signing with the Camp Nou outfit is all but confirmed, especially after images were shared on social media of the manager saying goodbye to his current squad, Qatari side Al Sadd.

The Spaniard was pictured hugging and shaking the hands of players looking teary-eyed at a dinner party with the full team and members of staff.

Al-Sadd were initially reluctant to let Xavi depart but confirmed on Twitter that their manager will soon be back in the La Liga.

The post said: “The administration has agreed on Xavi's move to Barcelona after the payment of the release clause stipulated in the contract, we've agreed on cooperation with Barcelona in the future."

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Al Sadd’s CEO also said: “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.”

Xavi made 779 appearances for Barcelona during his time as a player, winning 25 titles and asserting himself as one of the best midfielders to play the game.

Alongside Andres Iniesta, Xavi was known for how simple he made difficult tasks look and how he would dictate the tempo of games.

The Barca players will be hoping that the club hero will have just as much success with the club in the dugout as he did on the pitch.

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