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 By Ian Holyman

Xavi Hernandez not ready for retirement, hopes to play into 2019

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Former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez wants to continue playing into 2019.

Xavi Hernandez will play on through the end of the year and the former Spain international has told AFP he may even extend his career beyond then.

Xavi, 38, has been playing for Al-Sadd in Qatar since leaving Barcelona in 2015. He had been expected to retire at the end of the season, but the 2010 World Cup and four-time UEFA Champions League winner will keep going.

"I have decided to continue at least six months more," Xavi said. "Because it depends on my physical condition. Maybe in December I...

Xavi backs PSG to knock Real Madrid out of Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain can still eliminate Real Madrid from this season's Champions League, despite their 3-1 first-leg defeat in their round-of-16 tie last week, according to Barcelona legend Xavi.

PSG conceded two late goals at the Bernabeu last Wednesday to leave them with an uphill task at the Parc des Princes in two weeks' time.

Speaking to So Foot, Xavi stated his belief that coach Unai Emery's men can turn the tie around.

"Real got a bit lucky in the first leg," Xavi said. "However, they...

 By Ian Holyman

Luis Enrique and Xavi both praised by Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic

Ivan Rakitic has paid tribute to Luis Enrique for bringing him to Barcelona and hailed the influence of club legend Xavi.

Rakitic, 28, was one of the players Luis Enrique asked the club to sign when the former Barca player was appointed first-team boss in 2014.

The Croatia international has helped the Blaugrana to back-to-back domestic doubles and a UEFA Champions League title, though he has dropped down the pecking order this season and has made only 10 La Liga starts and has not been in the first...

 By Chris Wright

Xavi shows he's still got his skills in video challenge for charity

Still plugging away at Qatari side Al Sadd at the grand old age of 36 after a stellar career in Spain, you could be forgiven for thinking that Xavi Hernandez's once-mighty powers might be on the wane.

However, video evidence has emerged to suggest that the veteran midfielder still very much possesses the necessary skills to pay the bills.

As part of his ambassadorial work for Generation Amazing (a project dedicated to using football to aid vulnerable people in Qatar and the Middle East), the former...

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta has no plans to become a manager

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta cannot see himself following Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique into management when he decides it's time to hang up his boots.

The midfielder, 32, feels he still has more years to give Barca on the pitch and revealed he's not a fan of planning too far ahead.

However, he added that while he does see himself linked with football after retirement, he doesn't anticipate being a manager.

"I don't look to the future much," Iniesta said in an interview with El Transistor on...


Xavi: Pep Guardiola can change mentality of English game at Man City

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has backed Pep Guardiola to "change the face of English football" when he takes over as manager of Manchester City.

Guardiola will officially take over from Manuel Pellegrini at City on July 1 and will be expected to immediately challenge for the title.

City only finished fourth in the Premier League last season, meaning they face a Champions League qualifier that could pit them against AS Roma.

Guardiola heads to the Premier League having won a hat trick of Bundesliga...