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Barcelona players To Wear Special Shirts In Their Final League Game

Xavi

Barcelona players will wear special shirts in their final league game of the season to honour Xavi as he ends a 24-year association with the club.

The midfielder will get a special send off against Deportivo La Coruna at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

Xavi, 35, who will earn his eighth La Liga medal , announced on Thursday that he would leave Barcelona at the end of the season to join Qatari side Al Saad.

“I couldn’t have had a better career,” he said. “It was a tough decision.”

He could still win this season’s Champions League and the Copa del Rey to add to his 23 club trophies.

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The former Spain international, who is the most decorated player in the country’s history, has won three Champions Leagues as well as two European Championships and a World Cup.

Players will don shirts that will say “Thank you Xavi” before Barcelona celebrate their 23rd La Liga title with Xavi – who joined the club aged 11 – set to lift the trophy.

Xavi man and boy

Xavi joined Barcelona aged 11

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Barca boss Luis Enrique has made it clear that Xavi will be in the starting line-up and with the Spanish Cup and Champions League finals to come, several fringe players could feature.

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That means former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen looks set to finally make his debut for the club he joined last summer.

A succession of injuries has kept the 29-year-old Belgian from playing a single minute of this season’s campaign.

Deportivo boss Victor Sanchez is without the suspended Luisinho and the injured Manuel Pablo Garcia, Cezary Wilk and Juanfran. Their absences mean places for Jose Rodriguez, Helder Costa, Pablo Insua, and Roberto Canella.

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Deportivo 0-4 Barcelona (18 January 2015)

Lionel Messi’s 30th Barcelona career hat-trick decided the corresponding fixture earlier in the season, against a backdrop of speculation over theArgentine’s future.

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