BARCELONA: Barcelona’s captain Xavi Hernandez will leave the club for Qatari side Al Sadd at the end of this season.The 35-year-old midfielder is a stalwart of the Catalan side over recent years and one of the heroes of Spain’s Euro 2012 and World Cup-winning squads 2010. His father Joaquin Hernandez told the Cope radio station Xavi had decided “the moment has come to say goodbye”. He said the contract with Al Sadd would allow Xavi to train as a coach as well as playing. “He is lucky to have received a really impressive offer where he can continue playing football, train as a future coach and also rest a little.” He still has the chance to end his last season at Barcelona with a treble, as he side will play in the finals of the Spanish cup and Champions League. Xavi joined Barcelona in 1991 at the age of 11. He has played more than 760 matches for the side — more than any other player.
Source: Doha Stadium Plus