Manchester United have been boosted by the news that Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez admitted that he might not finish his career at Camp Nou, reports the London Metro.
The Spain international - widely regarded as one of the best players in world football - has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent weeks, with rumours that the reigning Premier League champions were planning a bid for his signature.
Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Xavi to Old Trafford, as he searches for a marquee signing to fill the creative void currently evident in Manchester United's midfield.
Gerardo Martino will be determined to keep the 33-year-old at Barcelona, but will be a little bit concerned by the player's latest comments.
"It's difficult to finish your career at Barcelona," Xavi said. "I don't know if I'll end up finishing my career here."
The Manchester United target remains under contract at Camp Nou until 2016, and it remains to be seen whether Moyes will make an offer during the January transfer window.