Doha: Xavi Hernandez could play on until the age of 40 after it was announced he has signed a two-year extension to his contract with Qatari club Al Sadd.
The legendary former Barcelona and Spain midfielder will stay with the Doha-based club until the end of the 2020 season, according to a statement released by Al Sadd on social media.
"I am happy to keep on being a part of the Al Sadd family for two more years," said Xavi.
"I am delighted to be at the club and with its fans.
"Everyone here is one big family and I am satisfied and thrilled to continue."
Xavi joined Al Sadd in 2015, originally on a two-year contract, after making more than 700 appearances for the Catalan giants, as well as a World Cup winner with Spain in 2010 and was capped 133 by the national side.
He was also in a Barcelona side which took eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and he became synonymous with the club's tiki-taka style of play.
Since playing in Qatar he has won three more trophies but none in the season just completed.
Al Sadd, who were recently drawn with Islamic Republic of Iran's Esteghlal FC in the quarter-finals, will travel to Tehran for the first leg of the 2018 AFC Champions League as they set their eyes on a third club Continental title.