Barcelona legend Xavi has announced that he will be leaving Barcelona after spending the last 24 years of his life at the Catalan club.
The midfielder said that he is leaving to join Qatar club Al Sadd, but is focused on returning to his beloved Barca in the future.
Xavi joined the club when he was 11-years-old and had en illustrious career at the Camp Nou, winning 23 trophies in his 17 seasons with the first team.
“It’s time to leave,” he was quoted as saying by Goal.com. “My body and head say that, but not my heart. It’s a definite decision, it’s not an easy one, but it’s the right moment to go.
“It will be complicated not to wear the Barca shirt anymore, I have had it on since I was 10 or 11. “I am in complete joy right now,” he continued. “My main objective is to come back to this home, in whatever way. Coach, sporting director, anything.”
Xavi can help Barcelona win treble
Xavi is among a group of players that are moving on from the clubs they have established themselves as legends at this summer. Steven Gerrard is moving on from Liverpool after 17 years, Andrea Pirlo is likely to retire his 20-year career and fellow Spaniard Iker Casillas looks set to move on from Real Madrid after joining them in 1998.
Xavi has the chance to leave Spain in the best possible way: by completing the treble.
Barcelona won the La Liga title last weekend, and now face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final, and then Juventus in the Champions League final in Berlin.
“I’ve stayed at Barca because of the sentiment,” he admitted. “All that’s left is getting those two trophies and saying goodbye to the fans. “It would be unique and unrepeatable to say goodbye with the treble.”