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Xavi to announce Barcelona exit

Spanish daily newspaper AS is reporting that Xavi Hernandez is set to announce his decision to leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

The veteran midfielder reportedly told the club chiefs that he would be moving to Qatar in the summer transfer window.

According to AS, Xavi has agreed a three-year deal worth €10 million per season with Al Sadd, while he will also work as an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The former Spain international will occupy the same role as Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez Blanco, with Barcelona unlikely to stand in his way even if the midfielder has another year left on his contract.

Xavi plans to start his coaching career in Qatar after the three-year contract comes to an end as he will be added to the country’s coaching team ahead of said World Cup.

The national team chiefs hope to appoint Pep Guardiola as the head coach ahead of the 2022 tournament, with Xavi set to act as his assistant.

Tue 19 May, 2015
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