Did Xavi just drop a huge transfer hint? Prem clubs will be on alert

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Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all previously been linked to the Barcelona and Spain legend.

After 16 glory-filled seasons as a senior player at Camp Nou, it seems unfathomable that cultured midfielder Xavi, 34, would wave goodbye to the only club he has ever known - Barcelona.

A seven-time La Liga titlist, three-time Champions League winner and reigning and defending World Cup champion, Xavi also has a gaggle of individual gongs whilst developing a reputation for his intuition, positional sense, vision and passing range.

But the relationship between player and club is perhaps not as tight as it once was, with Xavi upset at the departure of his compatriot Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea, citing it as a "big loss" for Barcelona.

Of course, that alone would not be the catalyst for any potential exit of his own and, while the player - valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £8.8 million - still has two years to run on his contract with the Catalans, it is not a foregone conclusion that he will remain a Barcelona player for that entire duration.

Ahead of Spain's disastrous start to the FIFA World Cup tournament against Netherlands on Friday, June 13, MARCA ran a headline indicating that Xavi said his future was not certain.

He told Deportes Cuatro: "Nothing's decided yet. I'll make a decision when the World Cup is over."

Xavi and manager Luis Enrique will allegedly meet next month to discuss what is best for both player and club.

For the club, that may be a revamping of an aging team and, while players like Xavi and Andres Iniesta were tagged as a potential reason for the 5-1 calamity against the Dutch, Xavi still returned comparable statistics to those that wowed crowds throughout the domestic campaign in La Liga.

He did, after all, average 79 passes per game in Spain - a record high across Europe's big leagues. And, in Brazil, he replicated that feat.

  MatchTouchesPass AccuracyTotal PassesMins
Xavi Spain vs Netherlands 85 91% 78 90

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