Xavi: I would be delighted to score a hat-trick against Real Madrid

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has stated that netting a hat-trick in Sunday’s Primera Division match at home against arch-rivals Real Madrid would be a dream come true.

The 32-year-old has won numerous trophies both at club and international level, but still awaits his first hat-trick, and he sees the Clasico as the perfect opportunity for yet another milestone.

“Is there something I have left to do? Scoring a hat-trick… I would be delighted to score one against Madrid,” Xavi smiled at a press conference.

“We’re not really thinking about whether a win would worsen the problems in Madrid’s squad. We are focussed on winning, which would be good for our morale.”

The influential playmaker then went on to discuss the situation of injured players such as Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal, who is continuing his recovery from a liver transplant earlier this year.

“At this moment, there’s a 50 per cent chance that Pique will play against Madrid.

“Puyol’s injury is a real shame. You can’t ask a player to hold back. He’s an example on and off the pitch and always gives his all. 

“Abidal? He is very motivated to get back.”

Barcelona are currently in talk with Xavi’s agent over a new deal, and the Spain international believes that an agreement is only a matter of time.

“I’m at the best club in the world, I’d like to retire here. My agent talks with the club about a renewal, there won’t be any problem.”

Sunday’s Clasico at Camp Nou is scheduled to kick off at 19:50CET.

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