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Xavi to retire at end of season, plans coaching

Xavi to retire at end of season, plans coaching

The Spanish midfield superstar, 37, talked of his footballing "descent" as he reveals 2017-18 will be his final playing season.

Since 2015, Xavi has plied his trade in Qatar for Al Sadd in the Qatar Stars League, making 56 appearances and scoring 13 goals over the last two seasons, winning the Emir of Qatar Cup, Qatar Crown Prince Cup and Shiekh Jassim Cup this earlier this year.

"He said that "(Lionel) Messi is a very normal person and a total footballer" and also repeated his desire "to be a coach".

He said: "I've had luck not to be injured and I think my career has come towards its end".

"I have the idea of getting my coaching license next year and being a coach". Qatar allowed me this.

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I also see that I am getting more exhausted and that it is harder for me to recover, and I am sure that it is my previous year as a football player.

Xavi joined Barcelona's youth team in 1991 and worked his way through the ranks to superstar midfielder.

A senior career that spanned almost three decades, and not to mention eight La Liga titles, four Champions League trophies and numerous other accolades, make up the man who was arguably the ticking heart of the best Barcelona and Spanish team till date.

"When Barca don't win anything, we have to get rid of ten players, everyone is angry. But first I have to learn and that's not a one month, two month or three month process but takes years".


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