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Xavi would have liked to play for Manchester United or Liverpool

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Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi is now plying his trade in the Qatar Stars League having ended his 24-year association with the Catalan club in the summer. 

At 35, it seems his chances of turning out in the Premier League are thin. But that has not stopped the former Spain international from revealing which team he would have preferred to play for. 

Out of all the top clubs, the Spaniard said he would have preferred Manchester United or Liverpool as both the Merseyside club and the Red Devils are steeped in history. But, ultimately, if it came down to one he would choose the Old Trafford club over the Reds. 

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In an interview with Eurosport, the World Cup, and European Championship winner said: "To be honest, the Premier League is a big attraction for any player. It's brilliant - the stadiums, the pitches, the fans and how they live football over there – it's all incredible over there.

"There are many great sides like Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool. If I had to select one, it would have to be a club with a great history; maybe Manchester United or Liverpool.

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"I know that there are clubs who have emerged quite recently, like Manchester City, for example, but United are my favourites, historically speaking."

LEGEND

Xavi was a focal point in Barcelona's midfield for years and made over 750 appearances for the Blaugrana, winning every trophy available. 

He helped the Catalan club conquer Manchester United twice in three years in the Champions League final. 

But had he been on the opposition team, it may have been a completely different story. The idea of him sharing a midfield with Paul Scholes is frightening. 

It is a crying shame that the Spaniard never graced the hallowed turf in the Premier League, but his memories from Barcelona will live long in the memories of football fans the world over. 

Who do you think is the best player to never play in the Premier League? Have your say in the comments section below!

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