Xavi return to Barcelona on hold after developments at Al-Sadd

first_imgXavi’s proposed return to Barcelona has been put on hold after his decision to sign a one-year contract extension with Al-Sadd. Barcelona bid farewell to the club legend when Xavi quit the Nou Camp after 17 years in 2015. The former Spain international spent the next four seasons playing in the Qatar Stars League for Al-Sadd, before hanging up his boots in May of last year. Xavi was subsequently appointed Al Sadd’s new permanent head coach, and has since guided them twice to silverware. The 40-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to Catalonia, with Barca currently struggling to dominate as they did under Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique. Quique Setien is the latest man attempting to bring back the Nou Camp glory days. However, he is already being tipped to leave the club after just six months in charge.Advertisement Xavi, who recently admitted that wants to coach Barca in the future, was the firm favourite to replace Setien. However, the former Blaugrana captain has now committed his immediate future to Al-Sadd. With an official announcement posted on the club’s Twitter account on Sunday. read also:Xavi admits preparing to coach Barcelona Indeed, Xavi has delivered a message to supporters after agreeing to fresh terms. The message read: “Happy to renew my contract with Al Sadd. “I’m working with the club’s management during the current period on a number of issues. Including the renewal of Akram Afif’s contract, and signing foreign players to replace Gabi and Marco Fabian.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?10 Incredibly Looking Albino AnimalsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Loading… last_img read more

Slumping Shohei Ohtani sits as Andrelton Simmons returns to Angels lineup

first_imgAfter missing three weeks with a sprained ankle, Andrelton Simmons returned to the Angels lineup Friday, and the game of musical chairs began with Shohei Ohtani sitting out.With infielders Anthony Rendon, David Fletcher and Tommy La Stella being three of the Angels’ most productive hitters, the return of Simmons at shortstop could have created some difficult lineup decisions for Manager Joe Maddon.For the first night, Maddon put Simmons back at shortstop, moved Fletcher to second, and had La Stella as the designated hitter in place of Ohtani.Ohtani normally gets his days off against left-handed pitchers, but he’s hitting .171 this season, so he sat with the Angels facing right-hander Mike Fiers on Friday. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Stassi, who had also caught Suarez last year, said he liked the improved the velocity, up to 95 mph at times, but the command wasn’t there.“His first outing, you know he was shaking off a little bit of the rust, getting back out there at the major-league level,” Stassi said. “I think he’s gonna be just fine. He’s got a really good pitches. His velocity was up, so I think he’s got really good stuff and he’s got definitely a bright future and he’s going to help us out a lot.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Stassi said trainers told him they had never seen the exact combination of injuries he has. He said the impact was so severe that it caused the tendon to be strained.While Stassi is out, the Angels have Anthony Bemboom and Jason Castro, both left-handed hitters, to split time behind the plate. Castro, however, is still getting over a stiff neck that is not 100%. It was enough of an issue that Maddon said Thursday night he didn’t want to pinch-hit for Bemboom too early in the game because he wasn’t sure how many innings Castro could have caught.POSITIVE SIGNS?Jose Suarez gave up five runs in 1 1/3 innings Thursday night, but Maddon and Stassi saw reasons to be optimistic the 22-year-old will get better.“I know it’s an awful day for him, but love it, I love it,” Maddon said. “I really liked the way his arm works. He moves well on the field. He has a good move to first base. These are the kind of things that you have to look beyond sometimes. You gotta believe it to see it, as opposed to see it to believe. You have to put your scout hat on with some of our guys.”Related Articlescenter_img “Obviously he’s not on top of his offensive game right now,” Maddon said. “I’m trying to (give him) more time just to work on his craft and not worry about at-bats in a game. It’s going to be very important for us to get him right. The way it sets up now, and the versatility of having Simmons back, it allows us to have Tommy DH, and Ohtani will be back out tomorrow.”Maddon also pointed out that he “is not going to keep playing Simmons into the ground as he comes back,” which will allow more opportunity for Fletcher at shortstop.La Stella can also play first instead of Albert Pujols. Maddon could also put Fletcher in either of the corner outfield spots, allowing a day off for Brian Goodwin or Jo Adell.STASSI TO THE ILMax Stassi was hit in the right knee by a foul ball Thursday night, suffering a contusion and a strained quad, which landed him on the injured list Friday.Stassi said he felt like he wouldn’t be out long, but Maddon said he expects it to be “two to three weeks at a minimum.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more