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Xavi to play on until January 2019, then begin coaching role

Xavi Hernandez will play for Al Sadd until January 2019, before taking up a coaching role that he plans to use for a return to Barcelona.

The former Barca captain is still playing for Al Sadd in the Gulf nation but has also been undertaking his coaching qualifications ahead of a career in the game following retirement.

Widely tipped to take the reigns at the Camp Nou in the future, Xavi has just penned a new two-year deal to remain with the Gulf club.

It is expected that the former Spanish international will play up until January 2019, before taking up a coaching role, which he plans to use as preparation for the future job of Barcelona.

Having spent 17 years with Barcelona’s first team, Xavi also represented his country, helping them to their most successful period which included a World Cup win in 2010 and European Championship glories in 2008 and 2012.

Having previously spoke about his career in coaching, the former Spanish international has discussed coaching the Qatari national side, having been linked to the role in Spanish and Gulf news.

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Qatar, who host the World Cup in 2022, will not be in Russia next year, after finishing bottom of their group in the second round of qualifying.

Their hosting of the competition four years after next summer will see them involved for the first time since the Italian World Cup of 1934.

Currently coached by unknown Felix Sanchez, have one Spanish based player in Ahmed Yasser, who plays for Segunda side Cultural Leonesa.

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