Xavi refutes quit rumours

Barca midfielder has no plans to quit Spain fold

Xavi: Committed to Spain

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Xavi has played down reports suggesting he is contemplating retiring from international football.

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It had been claimed that the Barcelona playmaker was preparing to call time on his career with Spain, possibly after making three more appearances to reach 100 caps.

However, despite struggling with an Achilles problem this term, the 30-year-old insists that is not the case.

Having helped Spain to European Championship and World Cup glory over the last three years, he has every intention of helping them to defend those titles.

Xavi claims he has no idea where the rumours have come from and fully intends to continue juggling his international commitments with those at Camp Nou.


"I want to deny that I want to leave the Spanish national team," he told Marca.

"I want to go to the European Championships finals (in 2012) and to the World Cup in Brazil (in 2014).

"I don't know where all this has come from. I want to play against Portugal (in an upcoming friendly) and in every game, even friendlies.

"I'm excited about playing for the national team. I get the feeling that my commitment is continually being doubted when I've never given any reason for that.

"Every time I have a press conference I have to give explanations."