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Xavi to quit Barcelona for Qatar
21 May 2015 18:06
Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has announced he will join Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer, ending his 24-year run with the Catalan giants.
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The Spanish midfielder is the longest serving and most decorated Barca player having joined the club at the age of 11.
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A World Cup winner with Spain, the 35-year-old has made over 500 appearances for the Blaugrana, clinching 23 trophies, including three Champions League and eight Primera Division titles.
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"I would like to announce and confirm my departure from Barca at the end of the season," Xavi said at a press conference on Thursday.
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"It's a definite decision but a difficult one.
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"I've been at the club for almost 25 years but this is the time for me to leave.
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"I have a thrilling project in Qatar, I will play for Al-Sadd the next two seasons.
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"I also have an enthusiastic project in the Aspire academy (a sporting academy based in Qatar).
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"I will be able to work towards becoming a coach or a sporting director in the future.
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"My hope and aim is for one day to return to work for Barca."
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