Report: Xavi says NYCFC move was ’90 percent’ complete

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Before Andrea Pirlo became New York City FC’s third designated player, it was widely rumored that Xavi Hernandez would join former club and country teammate David Villa in New York.

Though that did not happen, the former Barcelona midfielder revealed to ESPN FC that he was very close to joining NYCFC shortly after the 2014 World Cup.

“Last year, I spoke to [NYCFC Managing Director] Ferran Soriano and we were 90 percent there about me going to New York,” Xavi said.

What caused such a near-deal to fall through the cracks? Apparently all it took was a strong pitch from the club’s new boss.

“Then I spoke to Luis Enrique and Andoni Zubizarreta at Barca. They convinced me to stay at Barcelona. They said that I should enjoy my last year at Barca as captain. Oh, and Luis told me that we were going to win everything last season. He told me that before preseason training had even started. He said that on July 24, 2014: ‘Be careful about leaving, you’re captain and we’re going to win everything.’ In that moment, I thought: ‘We’ve got a highly motivated manager,’ but it’s only talk.

“It’s almost impossible to win everything,” Xavi acknowdledged, “Yet I liked that talk with him, I had a good feeling about him as a manager. He was very supportive to me in my final year and I’d like to think that I helped him too.”

Xavi signed a two-year contract with Qatari club Al-Saad this past summer and also does work with the Aspire Academy as well as the Qatar 2022 World Cup committee.


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  • Cosmo

    Red bull should buy him out and bring him to red bull ny or even cosmos.
    Xavi is very professional, reminds me of a lot of Raul.

  • Rui

    Xavi is money hungry.

  • slowleftarm

    who cares about this ? for this pathetic team

  • Martin

    You’re still writing about Xavi? Listen, that statement of his is bogus. The truth is that he got turned down by NYCFC because he countered the offer with a rediculous amount of money.


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