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Xavi reacts to strong Barcelona links after Koeman sacking

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The Al Sadd boss is the Catalans’ favourite option to replace the dismissed Dutchman.

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Barcelona sacked Ronald Koeman on Wednesday, generating speculations over who will take charge at Camp Nou after the 58-year-old.

Former Blaugrana star Xavi Hernandez has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona, with multiple sources confirming the contacts between the two parties.

However, the Al Sadd boss says he is focused on his work at the Qatari side, refusing to provide an update on his potential move back to La Liga.

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“I am focused on my work with Al Sadd and I won’t talk about anything else.” the former Spain international said when asked about Barca’s interest in signing him.

The 41-year-old has won seven domestic trophies with Al Sadd during his two-year spell at the club, establishing himself as one of the most promising young coaches in the world.

Following their shock defeat against Rayo Vallecano, the Catalans will face Deportivo Alaves in their next La Liga game on Saturday.

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