Barcelona stalwart, Xavi, now looks almost certain to have finished his career with Barcelona and looks set to play out the remainder of his career with Al Arabia in Qatar according to further reports from the Marca.
Petrescu and Tutumlu back reports
Former Romanian international and now coach of Al Arabia, Dan Petrescu, has insisted Xavi will be plying his trade in Qatar after the World Cup and has signed a pre-contract with his club.
This seems to support the comments earlier in the week from Bayram Tutumlu, the agent of Michael Laudrup, who claimed that he spoke to a number of high ranking executives within Qatari football during a recent visit to the Middle East that said the play-maker had already agreed terms to join the club.
"They assured me that he has received an offer to play for three seasons earning a net figure of €8.3 million for each one. I was even told that a contract had been signed, although I didn't actually see it."
Meeting between agent and Barcelona officials
It has also been reported that a meeting has taken place between the player's agent, Barcelona's director of football Andoni Zubizarreta and president Josep Maria Bartomeu, where it was apparently decided that they will grant the player his wishes to leave the club he has served all of his career if he chooses to do so, despite still having two-years left to run on his contract.
New Barcelona coach and former team-mate, Luis Enrique, met with Xavi before he left for the World Cup and although nothing has been released on what was discussed, one can assume that with the rebuilding process Enrique is undertaking at the club that he wouldn't be able to guarantee Xavi the limelight he has enjoyed over the years.
It has also been said that former international teammate and Real Madrid legend, Raul, has been trying to convince Xavi to join him in Qatar for some time, the Real Madrid legend joining Al Sadd in 2012 for a sizeable amount of money.
Former Barcelona team-mate, Cesc Fabregas was also reported to have said that Xavi is looking to: "follow a less demanding path."
Xavi is currently in Brazil with the Spanish national team looking to make history as the only country to win two successive European and World Cup's, and one imagines that nothing concrete will be released about his future until after the showpiece in Brazil.
The Barcelona midfielder is Barcelona's most decorated player of all time after winning two Club World Cups, three Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups, seven leagues, two Copas del Rey and six Supercopas.