The 35-year-old midfield ace has been with Barcelona since he was 11 and has played more games for the club than any other player in the club’s history. But he looks set to put a new shirt on for the final chapter of his career.
Xavi was linked with a move away from Barca last summer but after being given assurances that he was still a key part of the first-team by head coach Luis Enrique, he agreed to stay for another year.Embed from Getty Images
Now it looks likely that he will leave at the end of the current season and a move to New York City is being finalised, according to Spanish radio station Cadena SER.
Xavi reportedly met with representatives from New York City with his father Joaquín and his agent Iván Corretja in Barcelona yesterday.
NYCFC sporting director, Claudio Reyna confirmed last week that the club were still keen on acquiring Xavi and that looks to be a real possibility now.
“We are very interested in ‘franchise’ players like Xavi. We do not close the doors to Xavi ahead of next year,” Reyna said.
“It’s true that we have already tried to sign him, but next year we will need new franchise players.”Embed from Getty Images
A move to MLS with New York City would see Xavi link up with good friend and former teammate David Villa while he would also form a classy partnership with Frank Lampard in midfield should the move go through.
The Spaniard has made over 700 appearances for Barcelona, winning 22 trophies, and will team up with NYCFC before the start of the 2016 campaign if a deal is agreed.
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