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Xavi confirms Barcelona summer departure

Xavi is on his way. Credit: PA

Vetera Barcelona midfielder Xavi has confirmed he will leave the Nou Camp in the summer to join Al-Sadd.

Xavi, who has spent his entire career with Barcelona, will move to Qatar to continue his playing career and start coaching.

"Now is the right time to go, I'm playing less minutes these days. This decision has been tough, but it's the right one," Xavi said.

Xavi to leave Barcelona in the summer

Xavi Hernandez will end his long association with Barcelona this summer, according to his father.

The midfielder is set to move to Al-Sadd on a lucrative deal, with his final game being the Champions League final against Juventus.

Xavi Hernandez looks set to depart. Credit: PA

"His ultimate dream would have been to finish his football career here (at the Nou Camp)," Joaquin Hernandez told Cope Radio.

"But he is 35 years old and I think there comes a time to say 'enough' to the club.

"He was very fortunate to receive a truly impressive offer that allows him to continue to play football, to prepare as a future coach and rest a little."


Ex-Liverpool striker Torres wants to spoil Barcelona party

Fernando Torres wants to stop Barcelona winning the La Liga title at the Vicente Calderon this weekend.

The Catalan side are four points clear at the top with two games to go, so a win over Atletico Madrid would see them clinch the league.

Fernando Torres will be looking to down Barcelona. Credit: PA

"I hope that they don't win it here.

"We hope to win the game ourselves and assure ourselves of third place. But football is like that. Atletico became champions last year at the Nou Camp and, as football and fate would have it, Barcelona have the possibility of becoming champions at our ground.

"But that does not tell us anything because we are fighting a different war, to win to be third and achieve our objective."

Barcelona in the dock over Neymar signing

Barcelona president Jose Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor Sandro Rosell and the club are set to stand trial for alleged "crimes against the Treasury and corporate crime" over the signing of Neymar.

Neymar is in superb form for Barcelona this season. Credit: PA

Judge Jose de la Mata called for the opening of the trial on Wednesday and the three parties accused have 10 days to respond to Spain's National High Court.

The trial centres around investigators' allegations the club only declared that they paid €57million for the Brazil star when they actually paid "at least" €83m.

All three parties have denied any wrongdoing on several occasions.


Barcelona move closer to La Liga title against Sociedad

Neymar's header gave Barcelona the lead. Credit: Reuters

Barcelona moved one step closer to winning the Primera Division title after beating Real Sociedad 2-0 thanks to a header from Neymar and a stunning overhead kick from Pedro in the second half.

Luis Enrique's side could not offer the same barnstorming performance that saw them romp to victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday as David Moyes' side produced another impressive defensive display against the Catalans, but their resistance wilted after the break.

All Barcelona must do now is win at Atletico Madrid next Sunday and overcome Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou the following week and a 23rd title will be theirs.

Neymar would welcome Juventus star Pogba at Barca

Neymar would love to see Paul Pogba leave Juventus and join him at Barcelona.

Pogba has become one of the most highly-rated talents in European football since leaving Manchester United for Italy three years ago.

Pogba has been linked with a move back to Old Trafford, while Manchester City have also been touted as a possible destination for the 22-year-old.

Paul Pogba could leave Juventus. Credit: PA

"How he would fit, I don't know - you would have to ask the coach - but he is a great player and we would open the gates for him," the Barcelona forward said after being named as an ambassador for PokerStars at a press conference in Spain.

"He is a great star. He is still young, even younger than me.

"He is a player with such quality, and that is always welcome."

Alves close to extending Barcelona deal - Bartomeu

Dani Alves has been linked with a move away. Credit: PA

Barcelona are confident Dani Alves will remain at the club beyond the end of the season.

The Brazil international has yet to sign a new deal despite his current contract expiring this summer.

Alves is much closer to staying at the club than to leaving. We have asked him to stay.

We are negotiating with his agent because he is an important player, not just now but for many years.

He is eager to continue to fight and work hard.

We hope that in the end he will accept and that the club can offer him what he deserves.

I'd rather not get into the state of negotiations, but Dani wants to remain and Barca wants him to stay.

When the two sides share a common aim, it's easy to reach an agreement.

– Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Catalan TV station TV3
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