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Xavi to resume talks on Barça future after World Cup

AS AS 07/06/2014 Moisés Llorens

For Xavi Hernández, the issue of his future with FC Barcelona began a couple of weeks ago with a brief telephone conversation with coach, Luis Enrique. The midfielder spoke to the Barça boss almost as soon as the season had ended to express his hopes and intentions, on an individual level, for the new season. But while the chat left Xavi clear about his prospective role within the side, both agreed that dialogue should resume after the World Cup finals – when the 34-year-old is expected to call time on his international career.

Xavi has received a number of interesting proposals – as AS has reported since the start of the New Year. Offers which have come in from the MLS to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, where Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed hopes to lure him to Al Jazira Club, his new MLS-based franchise New York City FC (joining debut signing, David Villa) or even Manchester City.

Back in December 2012, Xavi signed a contract extension which is due to expire in June 2016 and it is only natural that he is now considering his future. Barça are keen to resolve Xavi future while the player, after discussing his plans with the coach, seems content for the club to make the first move. But finding a suitable solution will be far from simple.

As far as Luis Enrique is concerned, Xavi is no longer an undisputed first choice for the centre of the park. The coach is conscious of the need to rejuvenate the squad but is also aware of the qualities Xavi brings to the dressing room – a seasoned international and leader who holds the respect of his team mates and who has been one of the pillars of the side during the past decade. This month’s World Cup finals in Brazil will give both parties time to think it over.

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