Barcelona's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has put the club's fans at ease by publicly assuring Xavi that he's still wanted by the Spanish giants.

According to Sky Sports, Zubizarreta has strongly indicated his desire for the Barca captain to remain at the Nou Camp, following speculation that he was finish his illustrious 16 years at the club this summer.

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The 34-year-old is yet to decide his own future as it appears he is weighing up his options with a host of top Premier league clubs, as well as Qatari based Al-Arabi interested in the midfielders services.

Strong rumours

The rumours of a move to the middle-east started to emerge during the early stages of the World Cup, as Al-Arabi's coach Dan Petrescu controversially claiming that the Spaniard had already signed a pre-contractional agreement with the club. 

It was later revealed that negotiations between the player and the club had categorically broken down, after failing to reach a final agreement. 

Xavi has made no official statement about whether he will stay in Catalonia, or seek a new challenge elsewhere but it is understood that he has told close friends and family that he will in-fact be leaving Barcelona. 

Andoni Zubizarreta

The Catalan club's sporting director Zubizarreta has proven to be quite clear in his stance over Xavi's immediate future by expressing that he doesn't want the club legend to leave but also that he will not stand in his way should he decide to do so.

"Today Xavi is still our player and the number six shirt is still his. We spoke to him before the World Cup and when he returns from holiday we will speak to him again," Zubizarreta told reporters at presentation of new Croatian signing Ivan Rakitic.

"For Xavi any news will be good for us. If he wants to stay that will be excellent news and if he wants to go we will part ways in the best way possible. 

"We are talking about a symbol of the club who is decisive to our play. No-one at this club is indispensable but what we are saying is that the conversation we are having with Xavi is still open, we will be delighted if he stays, and he will compete as best as he can. If he decides to take a different path we will accept that."

What's best for Xavi? 

The best option for the much admired midfield maestro, could be to offer himself a new challenge in a different country. After coming through the Barcelona youth ranks and establishing himself as not only one of the best midfielders in the world but a historical figure in the clubs prestigious history. 

Even the most die-hard Barcelona fans would struggle to blame him for taking the opportunity of a new and exciting challenge in another league while he still has much to offer. His talent is still unquestionable and his vast amount of experience would still be very enticing to a host of top European clubs.

Manchester United interest

That is what's drawn Premier League clubs to him, with Manchester United one of those reported to be showing an interest.

The Red Devils suffered a nightmare campaign under David Moyes in 2013/14, but new boss Louis van Gaal is looking to put his stamp on the side at Old Trafford and Xavi would be a marquee signing.

Arsenal interest

It's not quite the same situation at Arsenal, who ended their nine-year trophy drought last term after bringing the FA Cup back to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger has been linked with the Spanish legend, and could bolster the Gunners' midfield options with the arrival of the three-time Champions League winner.

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