Barcelona star offered van Gaal reunion, but rejects Manchester United move - report

Pirlo and Xavi Italy Spain

Reports in Spain today suggest that Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez rejected a move to Manchester United this summer.

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has endured a turbulent first month of the season, having failed to win any of his first three Premier League games. Additionally, the 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup caused many people to question the Dutchman's suitability for the role at United, but the late transfer window spending spree should go some way to helping the Red Devils climb back up the table.

Van Gaal oversaw the £150m outlay on Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, and whilst that seem like quite enough for one window, it's believed that the former Bayern Munich boss wanted to bring someone else to Old Trafford.

Having worked with him at Barcelona, it seems that van Gaal was looking to secure a reunion with Spanish international Xavi Hernandez this summer. The 34-year-old is known for his excellent passing and vision, and was one of the key players as Pep Guardiola masterminded Barca's way to two Champions League titles in three years.

Ever since becoming a first team regular in the late 90's under van Gaal's reign at the Camp Nou, Xavi has been an integral part of Barcelona's team, but the arrival of new manager Luis Enrique and midfielder Ivan Rakitic had put Xavi's future at the club in doubt.

And now, Mundo Deportivo believe that both Manchester United and Bayern Munich made bids to take Xavi away from Catalunya - only for both to be rejected.

Instead, Xavi looks set to stay at Barca for one more season - and by the time he's 35, surely his chance to sign for United will have passed - despite his praise for van Gaal.

"I owe Louis a lot," said Xavi before his Spain side met van Gaal's Netherlands at this summer's World Cup. "He was great with me and trusted in me."

Yet with Michael Carrick's contract expiring in 2015, Marouane Fellaini clearly out of favour and Tom Cleverley lined up for a permanent move to Aston Villa in January, there may yet be room for an experienced playmaker like Xavi, who knows van Gaal's style well.

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