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Barcelona: Xavi denies deal to replace Koeman and is "focused on Al Sadd"

Xavi has reportedly agreed to take over at Barcelona, but said during a news conference on Thursday he was only thinking about Al Sadd.

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Barcelona: Xavi denies deal to replace Koeman and is "focused on Al Sadd"
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Xavi insists he is focused on his work with Al Sadd amid reports he is set to take over as the new head coach of Barcelona. 

Barca sacked Ronald Koeman on Wednesday following a 1-0 loss at Rayo Vallecano that left them six points off top spot in LaLiga. 

It was the Catalan giants' first defeat to Rayo since December 2002 and ended a run of 13 straight LaLiga victories against them. 

Sergi Barjuan has been placed in temporary charge, with Xavi expected to be allowed to leave Al Sadd next week following their clash with Qatar Stars League title rivals Al Duhail. 

Xavi refuses to discuss Barcelona job

Asked about the possibility of an impending return to Camp Nou on Thursday, Xavi said: "I am focused on my work with Al Sadd and I won't talk about anything else."

Xavi came through the ranks at Barça and went on to provide 184 assists and score 85 times in 767 appearances for the club during one of their most illustrious periods. 

He left for Al Sadd in 2014 and finished his playing career there, before taking over as coach and leading them to seven domestic trophies.

Barça face Deportivo Alavés at Camp Nou on Saturday and are away to Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League three days later.

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