Report: Xavi will be joining New York City F.C.

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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.

11 Comments

  1. Chan

    07/09/2014 at 1:12 pm

    Okay, but will he play on turf?

  2. jspech

    07/09/2014 at 1:46 pm

    “…, Xavi will face off against his former Barcelona teammate in what will be New York’s brightest football rivalry.”

    Ahhh?

    • BillManning

      07/09/2014 at 2:28 pm

      Seriously, that comment made me laugh!

      Cosmos just destroyed Red Bulls in an epic NY Derby (Gotham Derby), and now Red Bulls & NYCFC “will be NY’s brightest football rivalry”?

      Come on Dave, I know you got to eat, but damn that kiss to the rear is too damn obvious.

      Whatever!

      Let the games begin.

      Oh wait, it did. And the New York Cosmos won!

      • The real Stan

        07/09/2014 at 3:01 pm

        It is the biggest rivalry here because they both play in MLS, Cosmos are there but when those two meet its reds vs blues, can’t top that

        • BillManning

          07/09/2014 at 3:36 pm

          Playing in MLS does not make anything big!

          Ric Flair always said, “to be the man you have to beat the man”

          And big boy, Cosmos are the man!

          You want the crown, you have to earn it (by winning) – not buy it!

          Welcome to the real world of soccer.

          • PolishPete

            07/09/2014 at 5:37 pm

            Real footbal is not played on plastic field , you really think that your cosmos would beat full squad Red Bulls …

            • NYCsportsPUNK

              07/09/2014 at 8:56 pm

              When they stop running a rest home & start running a “CLUB” maybe we can see that Full Squad play against the Cosmos !

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