but Barca bond means he could never ‘do a Cesc’ and play here
Barcelona superstar Xavi says he could never play in England despite his love for the ‘great culture’ over here.
The 34-year-old one-club man is one of the most decorated footballers of all time, winning seven La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies since making his Barcelona debut in 1998.
But despite being in his twilight years and revealing his admiration for English football, the midfield passmaster told The Sun he could never leave Barcelona.
One-club man: Xavi attends the funeral of former Spain coach Luis Aragones on Sunday
On top of the world: Xavi celebrates winning the World Cup with Cesc Fabregas in South Africa in 2010
Xavi – who has also won a World Cup and two European Championships with Spain – said: ‘I never thought of leaving like Cesc Fabregas, who went to Arsenal.
‘If I had played for (Manchester) City, (Manchester) United, Arsenal or Chelsea, I’d keep asking what is going on at my club.
‘All the big English clubs know getting Xavi is impossible. They know Xavi is a fan of Barcelona, he won’t come.
Kings of Europe: The midfielder (right) joins his Barca team-mates in heralding a third Champions League success
‘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, it’s a great culture.
‘People respect you more, it’s more difficult to find respect in Spain. There is more criticism here.’
Source : Daily Mail