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Xavi to announce he is leaving Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder Xavi is ready to announce on Thursday he is leaving Barcelona to join Qatari side Al Sadd in a three-year deal, says his agent, the BBC reports.

Xavi, 35, has been with the Spanish club for 17 years, winning eight league titles, three Champions League trophies and several other cups.

His final league game for the newly-crowned champions is set to be against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

Barcelona still have a Champions League final and Copa del Rey final to play.

According to his agent, Ivan Corretja, Xavi would also become an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup to be held in the Gulf state and look to start his coaching qualifications.

The Spanish player has also represented his country 133 times – a record for an outfield player – and was an integral figure in helping Spain win the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championship.

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