Xavi informed the world via Instagram: “Today I won’t be able to join my team on their comeback to the official competition. David Prats will be there on my behalf as head of the technical staff – coach to the Al-Sadd reserves.
“A few days ago, following the QSL (Qatar Stars League) protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID19 test. Fortunately, I’m feeling ok, but I will be isolated until I am given the all clear. When the health services allow it, I will be very eager to return to my daily routine and to work. I’d like to thank all the authorities, especially those working in [the] QSL, [the] QFA (Qatar Football Association) and [at] Al-Sadd for supplying the means of early detection, reducing the spread of infection and that guarantees the normal development of the competition.
Take care and see you soon on the football pitch! ⚽”
Of course there are many who would like to see the ex Barca player return to his boyhood club and take the reins from Setien. But he recently renewed his contract with Al-Sadd until June 2021. Though at first it might seem to put the dream of him managing Barcelona out of reach, there’s actually a clause in the contract allowing him to leave should Josep Bartomeu come calling.
“Happy to renew my contract with #AlSadd, I’m working with the club’s management during the current period on a number of issues, including the renewal of Akram Afif’s contract, and signing foreign players to replace Gabi and Marco Fabian,” Xavi said this month.