FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement on Instagram, the La Masia graduate and current Al-Sadd coach wrote: “Today I will not be able to join my team when they return to official competition. David Prats will be there on my behalf as head of technical staff – Al-Sadd reserves coach.
A few days ago, following the QSL (Qatar Stars League) protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID19 test. Fortunately, I feel good, but I will be isolated until this is all clear. When health services allow, I will be very anxious to get back to my daily routine and to work. I would like to thank all the authorities, especially those who work [the] QSL, [the] QFA (Qatar Football Association) and [at] Al-Sadd to provide the means of early detection, reduce the spread of infection and ensure the normal development of competition.
Take care and see you soon on the football field! ⚽ ”
Constantly linked with a return to his childhood club, and about to take over the reins from ousted Ernesto Valverde in January, Hernandez recently renewed his mandates at Al-Sadd until June 2021.
The move has cast doubt on whether he will succeed Quique Setien this summer, but according to reports from people like SPORT, the 40-year-old’s new deal contains a clause reserved for Barca that frees him from his responsibilities in the Middle East if President Josep Bartomeu comes knocking on the door.
Closely aligned with electoral hopeful Victor Font, however, it is more likely that Spain’s World Cup winner and two-time Euro winner will assume the Camp Nou seat if and when Font succeeds at the polls.
“Happy to renew my contract with #AlSadd, I am working with club management during the current period on a number of issues including the renewal of Akram Afif’s contract and the signing of foreign players to replace Gabi and Marco Fabian, ”Xavi said earlier this month on Twitter.
By contracting the virus that has caused untold damage to her native Autonomous Community of Catalonia, however, while also claiming the life of the elderly mother of former teammate and coach Pep Guardiola, the new season has not started well. for the iconic former midfielder.