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Xavi rules out Prem move

Veteran midfielder Xavi has ruled out a move to the Premier League at the end of his career as Barcelona are his club.

Last Updated: 05/02/14 at 07:34 Post Comment

Xavi: Barcelona midfielder won't move to the Premier League

Xavi: Barcelona midfielder won't move to the Premier League

Xavi has spent his entire career at the Nou Camp and the 34-year-old recently made his 700th first-team appearance for Barcelona.

He has regularly been linked with a switch to England, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United rumoured to have shown an interest.

The Spain international has acknowledged that there have been times that he would have welcomed the opportunity to play in the Premier League.

However, such is his devotion to Barcelona, that Xavi has conceded that he could never envisage leaving the Spanish champions to play for another club.

"There was always talk United or Chelsea or City and Arsenal wanted to sign me but never anything concrete," Xavi told The Sun.

"My thinking was always clear. I am such a Barcelona fan, so my first, second and third option is always Barca.

"I never thought of leaving like Cesc Fabregas, who went to Arsenal.

"I want to be here forever. If I am not at Barcelona, I will always be thinking of Barca. If I had played for City, United, Arsenal or Chelsea, I'd keep asking what is going on at Barca - my club.

"All the big English clubs know getting Xavi is impossible. They know Xavi is a fan of Barcelona, he won't come.

"I've no regrets at all, but I still think at times that I would have loved to play in England. You 'live' football over there.

"People respect you more. It's more difficult to find respect in Spain. There is more criticism here. In England, a player who's won many things is more respected than in Spain. It's not happened because my dream, my feeling and my idea was to be at Barcelona. Forever."

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