28 august 2014, Updated 05:05h

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Xavi will announce Barça departure shortly

Legendary midfielder is heading to Qatar next season

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Xavi will go | Foto: AFP

Lluís Mascaró | 20.6.2014 | 18:35h.

Xavi will leave Barcelona - the decision has been taken.

The palyer will announce the news in the next few days, when he returns from the World Cup in Brazil.

Xavi's future is in the Qatar League, where he will play from next season with Al Arabi.

Events have come to head this morning after a representative of Xavi, Ivan Corretja, met with Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta

Barcelona and Xavi will make a joint statement announcing the departure of the midfielder and then there will be an organised farewell, like for Carles Puyol

Xavi wants to go because he knows it is possible he may be benched next season and he would prefer to try his Arabian adventure. 

He will be the fourth heavyweight to leave, after Valdes, Puyol and Cesc.