New York City FC are not done with attracting global superstars. Not one iota.
After securing the services of David Villa and Frank Lampard for their inaugural season as Major League Soccer franchise in 2015, they are on the prowl for more Designated Players.
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A long rumored move for legendary Barcelona midfielder Xavi, 35, has been confirmed by NYCFC’s Sporting Director Claudio Reyna, and even though the club owned by the City Football Group and the New York Yankees have so far failed to lure Xavi from the Nou Camp, he’s still on their radar.
In an interview with Spanish TV station TV3, Reyna had the following to say when asked about Xavi potentially arriving in the Big Apple.
“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.”
So, it seems like we could likely see the Spanish international midfielder turning up at Yankee Stadium in the next 6-12 months. In his mid to late 30’s, what can we expect from the diminutive Barca legend?
Well, alongside Frank Lampard and Mix Diskerud it is safe to say Xavi would slot in rather nicely to NYCFC’s midfield and he’d definitely suit Jason Kreis’ possession-first approach which he championed at Real Salt Lake in the past and told me earlier this month that he’s keen to replicate that playing style in New York.
Seems like Xavi to NYCFC could be on the agenda later in 2015 or for the 2016 season after all. Adding one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and a key cog in Barcelona’s success over the past decade and more, Xavi’s potential arrival would be a huge coup for NYCFC if the one-club man decides to have a final jaunt overseas before calling it quits on his illustrious career.