Spain's World Cup has ended prematurely and there are calls for the older generation to step down and allow the younger players to come through. Although there have been few announcements regarding the national side, Barcelona's golden generation look to be moving onto pastures new.
Barcelona have often made up the majority of the Spain team and a key player for both, Xavi is now set to leave the Catalan giants for pastures new. This follows fellow players Victor Valdes, and Carles Puyol who had already decided to leave the club.
It was Dani Alves who revealed the news, “Yes, it’s true, Xavi is leaving Barça. It’s a shame. I’m sorry for Barça and with him goes one of my footballing idols.” The news doesn't come as too much of a surprise following a claim from former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu who is now manager of Qatari side Al-Arabi, that Xavi would be joining them.
Xavi will be able to command a huge wage in Qatar but for someone who has spent his whole career at Barcelona, the second half of which has seen the team become one of the greatest ever, one would imagine money doesn't need to be a priority.
The central-midfielder will no doubt be attracting offers from all over the globe and from leagues with a better standard of football than the Qatari one. However at this stage of his career he has achieved pretty much all you can as a player so he may look for somewhere where he can just enjoy his football without too much pressure.
Another club Xavi has been linked with is newly established MLS side New York City who have already captured another Spanish legend in David Villa. The club who are Manchester City's franchise have big plans and the signing of Xavi would signal their intentions.