Xavier Hernandez May Be Moving to MLS This Summer

Former Spanish International and long-time Barca midfielder, Xavier “Xavi” Hernandez may be making the move to MLS this summer at the conclusion of his club season. While 35, signing the center midfielder would be another excellent signing for MLS to go with a slew of new additions.

Hernandez has been with Barcelona since 1991 when he was only 11. From 1991-1997, Xavi played with the Barcelona Youth Academy before joining the Barcelona B team from 1997-2000. Xavi debuted with the senior team in 2000 where he has remained until today. xavi barca

During the summer of 2014, Xavi considered leaving Barca but changed his mind after former teammate Luis Enrique was named manager. Despite starting only 11 La Liga games and two Champions League matches this season, Xavi believes he made the right decision to stay one more year.

Last month, Xavi shared the following with Catalunya Radio:

“I recently turned 35 and I’m not in my prime anymore. Still, I’m happy and I believe I was right to stay. Like I’ve said before, I did consider leaving the club, but I’m enjoying still being here and I’m fine with my new role. I was raised a certain way at Barca and I’m really pleased to play my part.”

Bringing in a player to MLS of Xavi’s magnitude, albeit not in his prime, would add even more credibility to  the league. He has been mentioned as one of the top central midfielders of all-time with former German star, Lothar Matthaus. That is quite a compliment considering others who played the central midfield position were former French stars Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane, Ruud Gullit and Johan Cruyff of the Netherlands, and former Brasilian midfield master Zico.

With Barcelona, Xavi has won the La Liga title seven times, the Copa del Rey twice, the UEFA Champions league three times and the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain. He was named the Euro 2008 Player of the Tournament and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 2010.xavi spain

New York City Football Club has had discussions with Xavi about joining the MLS expansion franchise as its third and final designated player joining Spain’s David Villa and England’s Frank Lampard. Why I have not heard about other teams with openings for designated players going after Xavi is beyond me. He will add instant credibility to any team.

If Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco is worth 7 million as MLS’s highest paid player, Xavi should bypass that with ease. Look for NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna to push hard to get Xavi signed to control the middle of the pitch with Lampard and providing service to Villa up top.

And that’s…as I see it!

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