Barcelona legend Xavi is set to leave Barcelona at the end of the current campaign, as confirmed by the player’s father.
Xavi has been on the books of the Catalan club since the age of 11, and has developed himself into one of the clubs finest players.
And after losing his regular starting berth under new manager Luis Enrique, the Champions League final against Juventus could be the 35-year-old’s last game for the Blaugrana.
Luis Enrique earlier last month expressed of his desire to keep hold of the three time Champions League winner, also claiming that he would respect any decision the veteran takes.
“Xavi has the affections of all Catalans and any lover of football. He knows how I feel about him leaving.
“I’d love for him to continue helping Barca, but I understand if he wants different experiences before he retires. Whatever he chooses, the club will be behind him.”
But Joaquin Hernandez, Xavi’s father, while talking to Cope Radio revealed that his son is set to end the 24- year association with his boyhood club.
“His ultimate dream would have been to finish his football career here [at Barca], but he is 35 years old and I think there comes a time to say ‘enough’ to the club.
“He was very fortunate to receive a truly impressive offer that allows him to continue to play football, to prepare as a future coach and rest a little.”
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Qatar is likely to be Xavi’s next destination, with AS claiming that the La Masia product could announce the move to Al Sadd on as early as Thursday. The tabloid also revealed that Xavi will stay in close friend and Real Madrid legend Raúl’s mansion based in Doha, who played in the Qatar Stars League last season.
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The move to the Qatari club will see the Barcelona midfielder net a hefty €10 million per year. Apart from the player role, Xavi is set to collaborate with Aspire, an academy that will spot local talent for the National Team ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
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