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Xavi Hernández reportedly inching closer to New York City FC

Jul 21, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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After months of speculation linking him with moves to both Qatar and Major League Soccer, FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández appears to be inching closer to the United States. According to reports out of Spain, the 34-year-old playmaker is set to “imminently” leave the only club he’s ever know, with 2015 Major League Soccer expansion franchise New York City FC his expected destination.

[RELATED: Xavi set for NYC FC deal ]

NYC FC has already signed former Barcelona forward David Villa and is expected to add former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, but the acquisition of Hernández may be the impending superclub’s biggest get, with the Catalan midfielder recognized as one of the best central midfielders of his generation.

After debuting with Barcelona’s senior team in 1998, Hernández went on to win six league titles with the Blaugrana, capturing three UEFA Champions Leagues and two FIFA Club World Cups in the process. Over the course of 16 seasons, Xavi make 723 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 83 goals.

[RELATED: David Villa signs for NYC FC]

For his country, Hernández has been capped 133 times, winning two European championships and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

From Sport:

“The winningest player in club history will head to New York, into the open arms of New York City FC … both the player and Barça claim nothing will happen until Thursday, the day the player is supposed to return to training after the World Cup …

So next Thursday, the apparent ‘D-Day’ on Xavi’s future, is not just in the works, but it’s the day his move the New York club will be completed. Barça wants it and Xavi want it. The only thing left is a settlement and a tribute match for one of the most prolific players in the history of the Catalan club.”

[RELATED: Lampard agrees to join New York City ]

source:  That Xavi-to-New York has been rumored since the end of La Liga’s season gives this report a feeling of inevitability, but without confirmation from New York City FC, Barcelona, Major League Soccer, or Hernández, there still room for doubt. If every player linked with Major League Soccer arrived in North America, the league would have burst out of its adolescence long ago.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, however, is moving forward with full confidence. After reporting the news on their site on Monday, they’ve put Xavi on the cover of their Tuesday print edition. The headline: Goodbye Xavi.

  1. enzocerto - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    NYCFC is going to take over the league. Villa, Lampard and now Xavi is a trio that any team in any league would love to have.

    • bruiserbrigade - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      It’s sad to see Xavi end his career like this.

      • mvktr2 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        like what?

  2. newenglandsports11 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Pumped about this. Definitely getting season tickets now!

  3. braxtonrob - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    the return of the Cosmos dynasty … it has begun

    • edwardsouse - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Cosmos? bwahahahahahahaha

      New York is Blue!

      • braxtonrob - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        I’m aware that the Cosmos are in the sub-league NASL. OBVIOUSLY, I was referring to the accumulation of foreign talent.

  4. jdfsquared - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Isn’t he, like, 50?

  5. 407magic - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Big deal. Orlando city already signed kaka who is 32 and about to sign robhino as well who is 30 yrs old. Plus Orlando city already has a core of players. Not all current players will make it to MLS but Orlando city already has a head start.

  6. mathias28 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:53 AM

    mls brings and brings players when they cant even run amymore, they should bring coaches who come to teach differents strategies and techniques, mls games are so boring to watch, all teams play the same style, sometimes looks like a tennis match with ball from one site.
    to another.

  7. jhnyr45 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    I agree with you Mathias28,,, it is definitely getting better… going to see the games live is better though. in a couple years when more college kids are brought in, that’s when we will see the league take off… just imagine kids straight out of academy teams playing with the likes of Xavi and Kaka… they will gain experience and will translate into better football.

  8. fantom21 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Mathias have you watched DC United this year? I like the way they are playing. You can see that they want to move the ball like a European team and focus more on technical ability and strategy rather than the English style most mls teams play like.

  9. mathias28 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    you are right fantom21, but is only
    one team, if instead of old “elite” players they bring coaches, the growth of the league will be faster and with different styles of game on every team. the usmnt plays always the same and when luck or other teams mistakes doesnt come, the usmnt get in troubles because there is no other “how to” , is always the same.

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