After two decades of services to Barcelona, Xavi Hernández moved on to a new chapter, going to Qatar to play for Al Sadd. And the eternal Blaugrana captain is very impressed with his new home.
Xavi did an interview with the club's website this week. He talked about his past, Pep Guardiola, the Spanish national team and many more topics. But what he went in depth about was how great the club he's joining feels. Xavi already feels at home, says the team is hungry for titles and hopes to have success in a new league.
Here's some highlights:
"I feel really great to be here. The team here is like a family, a group constantly trying for success and this makes me fit in faster and aim for the same goal as everyone else - winning trophies. I know Al-Sadd are a team with a history of trophies, both domestic and continental.
"The facilities are top-notch. The coaching staff, led by head coach Amouta, are doing a great job in getting us ready for the start of the new season and they are fully supported by the management.
"There is a professional way of dealing with things; I feel Al-Sadd matches European teams in terms of professionalism.
"Recently, I have watched some of their games and have come to know the players more - especially Khalfan, Talal al Baloushi and the keeper Saad al-Sheeb.
"Also, I know the foreign players - Muriqui the Brazilian; Nadir Belhadj, who played in Europe earlier and the Korean defender Lee Jung Soo who has represented his country at the World Cup.
"I was quite impressed by the level of Hassan al Haydos who is one of the finest, with his ability to move fast, think unlike the others and help the team all over the pitch.
"In addition to him, there are many others like the captain Talal, whose one-touch play is at a terrific pace and then Ali Asad, who is great at penetrating defences; all of them will be of great aid to the Al-Sadd cause next season."