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Rosell keen to keep Xavi at Barcelona

The 32-year-old Spanish midfielder (R) remains an integral part of Barcelona's plans.
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Barcelona president Sandro Rosell insists the club will do "everything we possibly can" to ensure Xavi ends his playing days at the Nou Camp.

The 32-year-old, whose existing deal still has two years left, remains an integral part of both the Barca and Spain sides.

He is the most decorated Spanish player in history, having won the Primera Division, the Champions League, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish and the UEFA Super Cup on multiple occasions with the Catalan club, having also lifted the European Championship (twice) and the World Cup in 2010 with Spain.

On Tuesday his agent Ivan Corretja said Barcelona want to extend his deal and on Wednesday Rosell confirmed their club's intention to tie down Xavi for the rest of his career.

Speaking on a charity trip to New York, Rosell said: "We will do everything we possibly can and I think he also wants to finish his career here.

"He is a role model, a legend."

Rosell also praised Barcelona captain Carles Puyol, who he considers another central figure for the Catalan club. Rosell reiterated his desire to keep Xavi and Puyol at Barcelona on Wednesday:

“We would love both of them to hang up their boots at the club and never play professionally for any other team” he said.

Rosell also spoke to the media about Cristian Tello’s proposed contract extension, saying “he is one of the players we would like to keep with us. He is what Barca is looking for, youth products that will stay with us a long time.

"We have a lot of Catalans that grew up at the club and are now in the first team.”

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