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The decision

“I’d like to announce I’m leaving Barça at the end of the season. It’s a definitive decision”

“It hasn’t been easy to decide it. I have talked with my family and we all agreed to do so.”

“It was a right decision to stay for another year. We can win the three titles and anyway it’s been a fantastic year.”

“It was a difficult decision from the heart, because you know I’m really Culer.”

“I know I can keep playing soccer in a lower league, in Qatar. I will learn a lot there.”

“This year I have been playing less, so I think it’s the right moment to leave.”

“Today I announced it to the staff and players, but it was evident and everyone knew it.”



“My ambition is to form myself outside and come back one day in Barça. We’ll see if as a coach or as a Football Director.”

“I didn’t tell my mother Barça had offered me the renewal . He is really Culer and will suffer nostalgia the most.”

“I will talk with Guardiola about Qatar. I already talked with Raul… I’m really looking forward to move there.”

“It will be difficult to play without Barça’s jersey. I had always though I would end my career here.”

Appreciations

“I want to thank the club for everything. They offered me a new contract until 2018 but the decision was taken.”

“I also want to thank all the supporters. I hope I haven’t disappointed anyone because many people told me to stay.”

“This Saturday I will be really glad to say goodbye to the fans, because they have been supporting me all the time.”

“Fans cheering and telling me to stay during the matches really moved me.”

Review of his career

“I’m really happy. I couldn’t have had a better career.”

“The best memory is that I have no enemies in soccer and that I have enjoyed every minute played.”

“Anyway it has not been an easy career, especially in the beginning, when not everyone believed in me.”

It’s really disturbing to see the willingness of so many to overlook all the human rights abuses and still look forward to the 2022 World Cup just because they ‘love’ football. Hey, I love Dr Who, but if I thought it was responsible for 4400 deaths, I could live without it, you know?
Barca says goodbye to Xavi with splashy highlight reel

It’s hard to say goodbye to a club hero.

Barcelona is doing just that, as they say farewell to Xavi, who announced he will be leaving the Catalan club after 24 years.

So what better way to say thank you than a tribute video set to Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best.”

Xavi confirmed on Thursday that he is heading off to Qatari club Al-Sadd this summer. Without a doubt, Xavi will go down as one of the greatest midfielders to ever play for Barca.

(H/T Bleacher Report)

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