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Xavi To 'Get Rid' Of Barca Star Immediately

Although Barcelona are yet to formally announce Xavi Hernandez as their new manager, the ex-midfielder has already reportedly decided which player he will "get rid of" before even taking a training session.

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Qatari club Al-Sadd confirmed on Friday afternoon that the 41-year-old will become Barcelona's next manager after the Spanish club's board bought him out of his contract.

While the Blaugrana are still waiting to announce the Spaniard as Ronald Koeman's successor, he has reportedly made his mind up about Dutch striker Luuk de Jong.

According to Sport, Xavi will ask the club to get rid of the forward in the coming January transfer window, just months after his arrival from Sevilla.

The 31-year-old completed a shock season-long loan move to Barcelona on the last day of the previous window, following Antoine Griezmann's switch to Atletico Madrid.

Confusion and disbelief surrounded De Jong's arrival at last season's Copa del Rey winners, with supporters concerned that he did not seem to suit the club's famous possession-heavy style of play.

The Dutch striker appears to now have no future under the incoming Xavi, who represented Barcelona on 767 occasions between 1998 and 2015.

Xavi will reportedly return to Barcelona with a shortlist of potential transfer targets. Here they are: 

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