The on again, off again flirtation between New York City F.C. and lifelong Barcelona superstar Xavi looks to be heating up once more.
Spain’s Catalunya Radio reports that talks have broken down between the star Catalan midfielder and Qatar based football club, Al-Ahli. This despite a Mundo Deportivo report that Xavi had signed a pre-contract agreement that would pay the star midfielder up to $11 million dollars for six months.
That has made New York City F.C. once again the leading candidate for the player’s signature. In fact, Catalunya says they are more than just the likely destination; they are ‘close’ to an agreement.
Xavi, 34, joined the Barcelona youth ranks as an 11-year-old in 1991 and played a prominent role with the senior club through this year. He has helped the team earn seven La Liga championships and three UEFA titles — all while guiding his country towards their first World Cup championship in history.
He will be 35-years-old come January of next year.
If the move does come to pass, Xavi would find himself once again teaming with former Barcelona striker David Villa in the light blue of NYCFC. To add further intrigue, if Thierry Henry returns for another season with the Red Bulls, Xavi will face off against his former Barcelona teammate in what will be New York’s brightest football rivalry.