Xavi Hernandez reveals he was close to leaving FC Baercelona last summer after a trophyless 2013-14 but stayed one more season after being persuaded by Andoni Zubizarreta, Luis Enrique and President Josep Maria Bartomeu. .
Xavi has signed with Qatar side Al Sadd after captaining FC Barcelona to a second treble in six years.The midfield maestro says that he owed it to FC Barcelona fans that he departed for Qatar on a high.
a Imagine last year, leaving without titles, no euphoria…a he said in an interview to FC Barcelona Magazine.
a Not to take anything away from our football, but we know that when Barca dona t win, we have to get rid of 10 players, everyone is angry … imagine having to make a farewell with the people upset.”
a Now people are euphoric, happy, content, it just so happened that we won the League a week early so I could do the tribute at home.
Xavi also close to leaving FC Barcelona last summer, and the legendary playmaker says that he is glad he was convinced by the management at FC Barcelona to stay on for another season.
a The truth is that it is a custom-made script and Ia m very glad I stayed one more year.”
“[Andoni] Zubizarreta, Luis [Enrique] and President [Josep Maria] Bartomeu convinced me, because I knew I had to leave at some point and I am very stubborn, but they convinced me in two or three meetings, so now I am very happy.a
Xavi went onto add that he was very thankful to the club and that he could not imagine the kind of success he would enjoy at FC Barcelona during his La Masia days.
“I know that wea ve won a lot of things and in such a great way, and I think thata s because wea ve played good football.”
“Ia m happy with everything, for having made history at Bar a. When I was a youth player I never imagined Ia d win so much at Bar a, or that wea d go down in history as one of the greatest teams the club has ever had. Ita s all been so amazing and Ia m so grateful.”