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Xavi to retire at end of season, plans coaching
November 11, 2017
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Madrid: Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to retire at the end of the season and is keen to pursue a coaching career.

The 37-year-old, who won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues trophies at Barcelona, is currently captain of Al Sadd.

Xavi, renowned for controlling play from a central position, said his ability to recover after a game was declining.

“I’ve had luck not to be injured and I think my career has come towards its end, there’s been a descent,” he told Spanish newspaper Sport.

“My club allowed me this. Now I see myself being more tired, it’s harder to recover, it will surely be my last year of being a footballer.

“I have the idea of getting my coaching licence next year and being a coach.”

He joined the U12 team in 1991/92, playing as a traditional centre back, but he would gradually move up the field to the central midfield role in which he became a legend, not just at FC Barcelona but in global football as a whole.

His mentor was Pep Guardiola and he would go on to become the midfield general’s successor. Xavi was astonishingly creative and was the veritable brain in the Barca engine.

Xavi collected 133 caps for Spain during a 14-year international career, winning the 2010 World Cup and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

Agencies

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