FC Barcelona veteran midfielder Xavi Hernandez has revealed a “war” with his mother stopped him from leaving the Catalan giants in the past.
The 35-year-old will play his 828th and last game for the Spanish giants in the Champions League final on Saturday before joining Qatari side Al Sadd in the coming season.
"I have had offers in the past to leave, but she always insisted that my place is here at Barcelona, that I am better off at home, that I should succeed at Barcelona and many times she has worked hard to ensure I stay,” he told Sky Sports.
"When I was 18... Even last year, we had a sort of 'war' in my house to stop me leaving. My mother has always been very stubborn about me staying at Barca.
"Especially during difficult times for me and the club, such as when we went four or five years without winning anything, when I didn't believe in myself, I didn't believe in football and I was looking to change everything, it was difficult.
"But between my stubbornness and my mother insisting that I should stay at Barcelona and succeed here, it all came out well in the end."
Xavi has won 24 trophies in 17 years since debuting for the first team in 1998 and could add the final title in the Champions League final against Juventus
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