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Monday 5 December 2016

Departing Xavi hopes Enrique will stay put at Barcelona

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Xavi Hernandez hopes Luis Enrique will continue as coach of Barcelona next season - even though the veteran playmaker will no longer be there himself.

Luis Enrique has enjoyed an unforgettable first year in charge of Barca, leading the club to a domestic double of Primera Division and Copa del Rey titles with the possibility of also adding the Champions League crown to that list.

If Barca do beat Juventus in Saturday's final in Berlin they would win the treble for a second time in six years, having also achieved the feat in Pep Guardiola's historic first season, but there are still question marks about Luis Enrique's future beyond this weekend.

The 45-year-old signed a two-year contract when he took over 12 months ago but reports have suggested the former Barca player could walk away this summer.

Xavi hopes that does not happen, though.

He said: "I don't know what he will do, but hopefully he will continue because we've won with him and his plans.

"He's been a very good leader for the team and I think that we've worked and trained very well. Hopefully he stays for the good of Barca. I think he's in the best place that he could be."

Xavi, however, will not be at Barca next season as he prepares to call time on his 24-year stint with the club ahead of a summer move to Qatari side Al-Sadd.

The 35-year-old is Barcelona's most decorated player having won 24 trophies with the club as well as helping Spain win the World Cup and two European Championships.

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