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Report: Xavi’s move to New York City FC collapses, will remain at Barcelona

Jul 22, 2014, 2:22 PM EST

Xavi Hernandez, Marc Bartra

Fans of New York City FC and Major League Soccer may have to wait a little bit longer than they thought to see Xavi Hernandez suit up in North America.

In fact, they might not get to see him at all.

If you believe the latest round of reports Xavi, 34, has made a dramatic last minute U-turn and decided against joining MLS newcomers NYC FC.

[RELATED: Xavi set to seal NYC FC move]

Previous reports stated that Xavi was expected to complete his move to the new MLS franchise joint-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees later this week. However with financial concerns complicating things and Barcelona pushing for the Spaniard to stick around in Catalan, it seems as though Xavi is staying at home. For now.

After spending his whole career at Barca, Xavi has become a symbol of the clubs supreme success over the past decade and is an idol in his home city. It is expected that he could arrive in MLS in January once more details are ironed out. That would allow him to spend the first half of the season at Barca and then transfer to New York ahead of their inaugural MLS season kicking off in March 2015. Our friends over at Soccerly have the details, here is the info as to why Xavi has made this dramatic U-turn.

34-year-old playmaker Xavi, who still has two years remaining on his contract, had made noises to friends and family about his intention to leave the club, which eventually made it through to the press. The physical exertion required at the Spanish giants coupled with some enticing offers from New York City and a Qatari club had influenced his thought process.

The same sources now reveal, however, that the player has turned down the aforementioned offers as he does not consider it to be an opportune moment to leave the club where he has won it all. The earliest possible departure date has now been moved back until January, when the Spain international will re-evaluate his position. A further factor is that the MLS season does not begin until next spring.

Xavi’s weekly wage on the remaining two years of his contract is the highest it has ever been during his career. A further hitch in the negotiations was the fact that the incoming offers did not match the player’s current salary, which led to protracted talks about a potential big-money payoff from Barça to offset this financial shortfall.

  1. darkorameses - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Awwwww man. I really wanted him of my fut 15 mls squad!!!

    • darkorameses - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      *on*

  2. jdfsquared - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    This is probably a result of my comment here on PST calling him old. Sorry everyone.

  3. gla1967 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Thank God. Would love to see Xavi end his career at Barca. Just couldn’t see him playing in MLS.

    • judgereed - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:42 AM

      Why not? MLS is only going UP and he would help that drastically. I don’t see how any fan of the sport can route against a league let alone in your own country. Its all about growing the game and him coming to MLS would hands down do that.!

      • gla1967 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        I’m not rooting against a league in any way, and it’s not my country. No offence to MLS, but I’d like to see him finish his playing career at Barca, since he is a club legend.

        Not sure how Xavi, Lampard, Villa would help MLS drastically. I think MLS future lies in growing young talent, not in importing expensive players who are at the end of their careers – ala NY Cosmos all stars.

      • judgereed - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        I agree they need to groom young talent, I think all teams should be required to have an academy system and a youth league. But lets be honest they are not going to sell tickets with young talent at this point, They need to have a good balance of young players and yes maybe some out of there prime world class players, who can help mentor the young and also put bodies in the seats. Young talent doesn’t sell tickets and jerseys, Xavi, Lampard, and Villa will and will only attract people to the game. Beckham absolutely did that to this league, weather you like him or not there is no denying what he did to soccer in the US, and bringing in players like that certainly will not hurt the league in growing the game.

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