‘My commitments with my club did not allow it’: Xavi reveals he won’t play for Catalonia against Venezuela as Al Sadd din’t get him permission
- Xavi won’t be able to feature for Catalonia against Venezuela on Monday
- The legendary midfielder wasn’t given permission by his Qatari club Al Sadd
- Barcelona’s Gerard Pique came out of international retirement to feature
Xavi has revealed he won’t be able to feature for Catalonia against Venezuela on Monday as his club, Al Sadd, didn’t allow him to feature.
The 39-year-old midfielder came out of international retirement for the fixture but Al Sadd prevented him from playing for Catalonia, which represents the autonomous Spanish region, as reported by The Sun.
Xavi wrote on Instagram: ‘I regret to announce that finally I will not be able to be in Montilivi for tomorrow’s Catalonia-Venezuela.
Xavi wasn’t given permission by Al Sadd to feature for Catalonia against Venezuela
‘My commitments with my club did not allow it. I hope next time I can be there with you.
‘In Qatar you will have the first of your fans cheering our team.’
Xavi, who played over 100 times for Spain, winning the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012, has represented Catalonia on 12 occasions since 1998.
The midfielder’s former team-mate at Barcelona, Gerard Pique, has come out of international retirement to play for Catalonia in this fixture, while Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu and Brighton defender Martin Montoya are also included.
Gerard Pique has come out of international retirement to feature for Catalonia
Catalonia are not registered with either FIFA or UEFA but are still able to play friendlies.
The game between Catalonia and Venezuela has been politicised, with Catalonia still estranged with other Spanish regions, while Venezuela are also enduring a power struggle.
Xavi spent the vast majority of his career at Barcelona, making over 700 appearances for the club and winning a wide array of trophies including four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles.
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