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Xavi Hernandez set for retirement

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to retire at the end of the season.

The former Barca captain is still playing for Al Sadd in the Gulf nation but has also been undertaking his coaching qualifications ahead of a career in the game following retirement.

Widely tipped to take the reigns at the Camp Nou in the future, Xavi has been speaking about his desire to take his coaching qualifications and about his successful career.

“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.

“Qatar 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.”

Having spent 17 years with Barcelona’s first team, Xavi also represented his country, helping them to their most successful period which included a World Cup win in 2010 and European Championship glories in 2008 and 2012.

Having previously spoke about his career in coaching, the former Spanish international has discussed coaching the Qatari national, having been linked to the role in Spanish and Gulf news.

Qatar, who host the World Cup in 2022, will not be in Russia next year, after finishing bottom of their group in the second round of qualifying.

Their hosting of the competition four years after next summer will see them involved for the first time since the Italian World Cup of 1934.

Currently coached by unknown Felix Sanchez, have one Spanish based player in Ahmed Yasser, who plays for Segunda side Cultural Leonesa.

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