Xavi has dismissed reports he could be set to join the Ligue 1 champions on loan after leaving Barcelona for Qatar. For several weeks, outgoing Barcelona legend Xavi is attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain, according to French-based paper Le Parisien. PSG are keen on signing the midfielder in a one-year loan deal as they look to negate around the regulations of Financial Fair Play. While the Barcelona player announced last week that he is leaving the ‘Azulgrana’ outfit for Al-Sadd.
According to the French newspaper, the deal has been negotiated “in extreme secrecy” and is based on a similar strategy to the one used by Manchester City with Frank Lampard. After signing for FC New York for a year, he was loaned out to the English side, with both clubs having the same owner. In Xavi’s case, PSG would not have to pay to loan him and all or part of his salary would be covered by Al-Sadd. The owner of Al Sadd is the brother of PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
To convince Xavi to venture to Qatar, the club executives proposed to install his wife, parents and three brothers in the country, but if PSG have their way, they will stay in Catalonia for another year.
On the other hand, French international YohanCabaye could leave Paris Saint-Germain if midfielder Xavi Hernandez decides to spend a year on loan at PSG before joining al-Sadd in Qatar.
Cabaye fears not having enough minutes in his current club next season, which will culminate in the Euro 2016 hosted by France.
According to the Ligue 1 side, Xavi is a “perfect” match for Laurent Blanc’s requirements, for whom Barcelona’s style of play is a “key inspiration”. However, the player has just made it clear that he refused all of the offers given by Paris-Saint Germain. Xavi will have his last math as Barcelona player in Saturday’s match against Juventus in the Champions League final in Berlin, and victory would see him lift the trophy for the fourth time in his career.
“I will not play for PSG,” Xavi told Qatari newspaper Al-Watan.
Xavi is the longest serving and most decorated Barca player having joined the club at the age of 11. A World Cup winner with Spain, he has made over 500 appearances for Blaugrana, clinching 23 trophies, including three Champions League and eight La Liga title. The 35-year-old will end his 24-year stay at Barcelona in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus, having agreed a two-year deal with Qatari side.