Wednesday April 11 2018
Real Sociedad captain Xabi Prieto to retire

Real Sociedad captain Xabi Prieto has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season after 14 years in the club’s first-team squad.

The 34-year-old has represented the club and it’s B side across all four of Spain’s top divisions while he made 530 first-team appearances since his debut in 2003.

“His class on and off the field will remain forever etched in the memory of the Real Sociedad family,” read a statement from the Basque club.

“Thanks for everything, Xabi!”

Prieto – who developed a reputation as a set-piece specialist – netted 80 goals for the club across his career, and will retire as the club's fifth highest appearance maker of all time.

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