Xavi could make surprise move to Qatar

Xavi (left) is set to leave Barcelona this summer (©GettyImages)

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez may decide to leave Nou Camp this summer, after 25 years defending the red and blue shirt.

The veteran midfielder is seriously considering options for the next and final phase of his career.

The 35-year-old midfielder, who has won seven La Liga and three Champions League trophies during his 18 years in the first team of Barcelona, has decided to leave the Catalan giants at the end of the season, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Xavi looking to wind down career

Xavi feels the pace and pressure in La Liga and the Champions League are too much for a player of his age.

He, actually, has been giving a less important role by coach Luis Enrique this season. For a place beside Sergio Busquets and Ivan Iniesta in Barcelona's three-man midfield, Enrique prefers younger and more energetic players such as Rafinha Alcantara or Ivan Rakitic.

Qatari club make offer to Xavi

Fully aware of his problems, Xavi is keen on moving to a competition with slower pace and lower requirements. That makes Qatar and the United States, long considered the perfect choices for top players to see out their careers, his likeliest destinations.

But it is strongly believed that Qatar will eventually become Xavi's new home.

In their latest article, Marca claim that Xavi has already received an offer from an unnamed Qatari club. If accepted, that three-year-long deal will make him one of the best paid players in Qatari league, with an annual salary of around €6 million net.

Xavi, however, is expected to wait until the summer before announcing his departure.

The midfielder is clearly aware of his responsibility as the team captain, and will never do anything that could jeopardise the club’s pursuit of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and Champions League.

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