FC Barcelona legend Xavi no longer looks likely to complete a move to Major League Soccer with New York City FC as a big money deal has been agreed with Qatar-based side Al Saad, according to Stade Doha.
The 35-year-old midfielder is expected to sign a three-year deal with Al Saad and will earn €10 million per season if the latest reports are to be believed.
Earlier this month, reports emerged suggesting that the Spaniard was looking set to seal a move to NYCFC and he apparently met with representatives from City Football Group as well as his agent and father in Barcelona.
New York City sporting director, Claudio Reyna confirmed that the MLS Expansion Franchise were interested in signing Xavi back in February.
“We are very interested in ‘franchise’ players like Xavi. We do not close the doors to Xavi ahead of next year,” Reyna said.
But head coach Jason Kreis then poured some cold water over the rumours yesterday by suggesting that a move for Xavi wouldn’t make much sense.
It now looks the man who has made more appearances than any other player in Barcelona history is ready for a new challenge in Qatar.
The 2010 World Cup winner is expected to fly out to Al Saad in the next couple of days to finalise a move during the current international break but will remain in Spain with Barca until the end of the current season.
Xavi will also begin working on his coaching badges once a move to Qatar is confirmed and will help with the Aspire Academy, which is trying to develop players ahead of the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
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