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Xavi has decided to leave Barca - Fabregas

18 June 2014 09:29

Ex-Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has added weight to the reports linking Xavi with a big-money switch to Al Arabi.

Dan Petrescu, coach of the Qatar Stars League outfit, told Digi Sport on Tuesday that the 34-year-old playmaker had signed a pre-contract agreement with the club.

The Spain midfielder – currently playing at the FIFA World Cup – has regularly been linked with a move away from Camp Nou in recent times.

Xavi's declining form was a symptom of Barca's poor season, which saw them end the campaign without a major trophy for the first time since 2007-08.

And Fabregas, who this month moved to Chelsea from Barcelona, told Marca: (Xavi) and (Carles) Puyol have decided to step aside.

"(They want) to be closer to their families, away from so much demand."

Puyol ended his 17-year playing career with Barcelona when he retired last season.

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +48 48
2 20 +45 47
3 20 +21 44
4 20 +20 41
5 19 +11 39
6 20 +16 38
7 20 +2 32
8 20 -2 27
9 20 -4 26
10 20 -15 23
11 20 -4 22
12 20 -4 21
13 20 -10 20
14 20 -12 20
15 20 -14 18
16 20 -17 18
17 20 -23 17
18 20 -16 16
19 20 -22 16
20 20 -20 15

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