Report: Barcelona staple Xavi set for move to Qatar

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The Barcelona overhaul looks to be in full swing, as the manager of Qatari club Al-Arabi claims he had signed Xavi to a pre-contract agreement.

Former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu, who now managed Al-Arabi, says he spoke with Xavi and an agent is down in Brazil to work with the Spanish midfielder.

“Xavi has signed a pre-contract with Al-Arabi,” Petrescu told DigiSport. “It looks likely that he’ll join but he does have offers from other clubs. I have spoken to him personally.”

Under new manager Luis Enrique, the Barcelona midfield is seeing a major change. Cesc Fabregas was sold to Chelsea, and now it appears the 34-year-old Xavi is gone as well.

Between the pair, Barcelona are losing 66 La Liga appearances from last season, and a combination of 4,207 successful passes.

Xavi has spent his entire career at Barcelona, playing in their youth system until 1998 when he made his debut at 18 years old.  He has 474 La Liga appearances with Barcelona during that time.

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves was absolutely shocked by the news, and when Digisport broke it to him, he initially thought it was a joke. “I can not believe I actually can not,” Alves said. “It’s not a joke? If Xavi, a club emblem can go, then can anyone go from Barcelona. I can not understand this!  I hope, however, that’s a joke, right? I’m in shock, Xavi can not leave us!”

During Spain’s demolition at the hands of the Netherlands, the 34-year-old looked to be one of Spain’s only solid options in the midfield, completing 71/78 passes and finding himself doing most of the hard work, although he was nowhere to be seen defensively.  Others, such as Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso, struggled mightily with even short passing.

Somewhat forgotten is the sale of Thiago Alcantara last summer to Bayern Munich, a young midfield playmaker who would be perfect for the overhaul had they convinced him to stick around.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.