Barcelona and Spanish legend Xavi Hernandez has renewed his managerial contract with Qatari side Al-Sadd for the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Sunday amid speculation he could return to his former club Barcelona.

Spanish media had reported that Xavi was approached by Barcelona to replace Ernesto Valverde before Quique Setien was appointed in January, reports this week once again linked him with a return to the Camp Nou at the end of the season.

The 40-year-old took charge of the Qatari side last year following his retirement, the club is currently third in the standings ahead of the restart of the 2019-20 season which was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am happy to continue with Al-Sadd, and the team’s goal will always be to compete for all titles.

My complete focus in this current period is to fully equip the players for the upcoming domestic and Asian competitions.” xavi said in an exclusive statement on the club website.

Xavi made a total number of 767 appearances for Barcelona and won 25 trophies for the La Liga club, he admitted last month that he hoped to return to the Camp Nou when the time was right to start his own project from scratch.