Barcelona legend Carles Puyol to come out of retirement for MLS move – report

FC Barcelona’s long-time captain and defensive legend, Carles Puyol could be set to come out retirement in order to play in Major League Soccer, according to reports out of Spain.

The 37-year-old centre-back hasn’t played a competitive game since March last year as he retired at the end of the campaign to take up a role in the Catalan giants’ technical department, though that spell only lasted six months as Puyol resigned from his post in January.

He is currently living in New York with his partner and could be set to play in MLS, though Puyol has also been linked with a move to Qatar.

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A report by Spanish publication Sport claims that the Colorado Rapids would be interested in acquiring the services of the 2010 World Cup winner, though a source later told the Denver Post that “the Rapids have not extended an offer”.

As well as the Rapids, New York clubs NYCFC and the New York Red Bulls could be interested in signing Puyol, as Mundo Deportivo claims.

The three-time Champions League winner has been working on his fitness but having not played a competitive game for over a year, signing the Spanish defender would certainly be an expensive gamble.

Would Carles Puyol be a good signing for an MLS side? Or is it too late for that?

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Should Barcelona star Xavi still make the move to MLS?

Reports at the end of last season were that Xavi Hernandez was at the end of his Barcelona career, with a move to Major League Soccer a widely rumoured possibility.

After links to New York City FC, Xavi made a dramatic U-turn on his decision to depart from the Catalan giants and has enjoyed a fruitful term this season.

He has featured 12 times in La Liga so far and netted once. Having a player of his stature is beneficial to any club, no matter how old he is.

At this moment in time it is hard to predict whether or not we will see him make the switch to MLS before he calls time on his playing career.

He will turn 35 in January and could still play at least a couple of seasons after this.

Barcelona will not be looking to let him go easily, but admitted last term that he can decide his own future due to his services to the club over the years.

He would be another great addition to the league. Not just for the Spanish contingency in America, but also players of a similar age across the league.

Bringing crucial experience to every player in the dressing room, he has proved to be one of the coolest characters in difficult games throughout his career.

New York City would have been a brilliant destination for him, linking up with former teammate and Spanish counterpart David Villa.

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It would also see him play alongside Frank Lampard, who he has faced in some of the most memorable European ties between Chelsea and Barcelona in the Champions League.

He may choose the same option as former teammate and club legend Carles Puyol and hang up his boots with his lifelong team.

But it is a situation worth keeping in mind and many people would like to see a move go through, no matter where he ends up.

New York Red Bulls are believed to be looking for a star central midfielder to bring in following the departure of Thierry Henry and New York is Xavi’s most likely destination were he to make the switch.

Should Xavi make the move to MLS?