Xavi plays down Chelsea link
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona playmaker Xavi has attempted to play down a link with Chelsea.
Barcelona playmaker Xavi has attempted to play down speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea.
It has been suggested that Jose Mourinho may turn to the Spain international if he fails to land Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in the summer.
As his present deal at Camp Nou expires in 2007, talks are continuing over a fresh contract with the Azulgrana, and the 25-year-old is happy in Catalunya.
"The most important thing now is the game against Albacete and that we win La Liga as soon as possible," he told Marca.
"All subjects of signings and offers are necessarily left for when the season finishes.
"I am happy and would like to retire in Barcelona but, at the end of the season, when everything is determined, that will be the moment for considering other aspects."
The midfielder's agent Ivan Corretja has denied receiving an offer from the Premiership leaders but the transfer speculation in Spain ahead of the window reopening at the end of the campaign is already starting to increase.