F.C. Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez had been linked with a move to MLS – most notably the New York Red Bulls – for this upcoming season, but the Spain international has decided to put all the speculation to an end after confirming he is not looking to leave Los Blaugranas in the near future.
“I have been constantly linked with both the MLS and Qatar, but I have to say I have no intention of leaving Barcelona and I want to end my current contract here”, the midfielder told to the media as he was once again asked about his future. In reality, his decision was expected as there was never any serious approach to bring him to MLS before the start of this season.
The cultured central midfielder is considered one of the best playmakers in the world, and despite being 34-years-old, he still has plenty left in the tank so the denial of moving to MLS makes perfect sense.
Barcelona are in the midst of a title run in La Liga with both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, and they are also still competing in both the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey. Those are all arguably bigger challenges than coming to the States in a league where he will be one of the stars but the level of competition simply can’t be compared to the European stage.
There is still a chance to see Xavi in MLS, but it won’t be before the end of the 2016 season when his current contract expires if he doesn’t sign an extension with Los Blaugranas. Until then, the central midfielder will continue delighting fans all over the world with his play for FC Barcelona alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar.