Xavi: I’m in Qatar to continue winning titles

Xavi insists that he has joined Al-Sadd with the goal of winning further titles and sharing his knowledge and experience with the aim of boosting the profile of Qatari football.

The iconic midfielder brought the curtain down on his illustrious 24-year Barcelona career on Saturday, with the former Spain international playing his part in the 3-1 Champions League final victory over Juventus that saw the Catalans claim a treble.

Xavi still had a year to run on his contract with the Blaugrana but he instead opted to accept a lucrative move to Qatar and was formally unveiled as an Al-Sadd player on Thursday.

The World Cup winner promptly dismissed the notion that his switch was motivated by money, insisting that he remains as determined as ever to lift trophies.

“I am very proud to be here,” he told reporters on Thursday. “I have the excitement of a kid and I want to keep on winning titles.

“I know many players who have played here. Many legends have been telling me wonders about it and I know that it’s a competitive league.

“I want to win the title here and the Asian Champions League is also an exciting goal for me.

“I also want to share my knowledge of everything I learned at Barcelona.

“I want to bring all my Barca experience: the values, sacrifice, effort and humility.

“But this is a country where I can learn about football but also about culture, which will be enriching for me and my family.”

Xavi refused to be drawn on whether he will retire upon the expiration of his Al-Sadd contract in 2017 but did admit that he is looking forward to promoting only Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

“My contract with Al-Sadd is for two years and then I will be ambassador until 2022,” he added.

“First, I want to keep playing football. Everyone is excited about a World Cup in an Arab country. I am very excited as an ambassador.

“After that, I’ll see what I’ll do, but for now I’m just thinking about enjoying this wonderful stage.”

“But I would like the Al Sadd to play in Camp Nou, not only for me but for the team, as it would be a fantastic experience.”

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