January 15, 2014
THE LATEST FROM THE RUMOR MILL
Report: Xavi will join Red Bulls this year
Not only has Spanish international Xavi Hernandez been linked to the Red Bulls, Sky Italia is reporting that the veteran midfielder will join the Major League Soccer team after the World Cup later this year.
Is it true? Who knows? It seems Xavi's name pops up every other minute with not one, but two MLS teams in the New York/New Jersey market.
Last week Football-Espana.net reported that the Red Bulls were interested in the Barcelona standout, with New York captain Thierry Henry behind the push for his former teammate to join the club.
Xavi has said that his long-term future lies away from Barca and has also has a desire to play outside Spain.
On Tuesday, the Daily Telegraph in England reported that Manchester City was considering exploring the possibility of making Xavi "the marquee signing" for the Major League Soccer expansion team.
NYC FC will begin playing in 2015, when Xavi will be 35-years-old.
The Telegraph said it was understood that Manchester City, which owns NYC FC, has been showing strong interest in Xavi.
Man City director of football Txiki Begiristain and CEO Ferran Soriano are familiar know Xavi well from their Barcelona days. They see the Spanish international "as the perfect face of their new team," the Telegraph reported.
Well, will the Red Bulls get Xavi, will he become the face of NYC FC?
The week is young, so there might be many more updates to the Xavi saga.ga.