Doha - Barcelona midfielder and former Spain international Xavi is close to
agreeing a deal to join Al Sadd, the Qatari side said on Saturday.
35-year-old has played for Barca a record 751 times since he graduated
from the academy to the first team in 1998 but has had limited playing
time this season under coach Luis Enrique.
"Al Sadd Sports Club
confirms that the latest news about bringing the Spanish star Xavi
Hernandez to the club is still under negotiation," Al Sadd said on their
Spanish player is currently in Doha with his family to know more about
the country where he will live in the near future," the club added.
club assures it will announce the news immediately through both local
and regional media once the player has signed officially."
media reported this week that Xavi was poised to sign a three-year deal
with Al Sadd worth €10 million a season with an option for a further
One of the most decorated footballers of all time, Xavi
represented Spain 133 times, a record for an outfield player and only
bettered by goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas.
After making his
debut in a friendly against Netherlands in November 2000, he was a key
figure in La Roja's glittering run when they won the 2008 and 2012
European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.
Xavi has won three Champions League crowns, seven La Liga titles and a host of other trophies with Barca.