Xavi hopeful over contract

Xavi Hernandez has once more expressed his desire to renew his contract with Barcelona, whilst also reflecting on where he’d like to improve his game.

The 32-year-old product of the youth academy at the club is currently in negotiations to extend his contract with the club beyond its expiry of June 2014.

“I hope to be here for many years. I feel great physically, I’ve recovered totally from those niggling injuries,” he told the club’s official website.

“Barca are making an effort for me to stay and I’m making an effort too. It’s my greatest desire to be able to retire here.

“My conscience has always been to stay at Barca. I’ve never thought of leaving the club, although it is true that there have been difficult times.

“There have been difficult moments, but I hope to continue here and renew my contract soon.”

Xavi was asked to reflect on his strengths and weaknesses as a footballer.

“I have many weaknesses, I have to improve in many areas, that is always the case. I could improve my aerial game, my left foot and my speed, which is not good.

“The strength is in my passing, understanding of the game and playing between the lines. I have had great Coaches and for that I am where I am.”

The midfielder also spoke of his continued love for football and how it fuels his ambition to continue.

“I’m passionate about football and the values it brings as a sport. There is work, humility, you listen, you see…

“This sport also still has me on edge and I still look forward to winning things for the club and for the national team.”

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