New York City FC reveal plans to continue pursuit of Barcelona's Xavi

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Director of football Claudio Reyna hopes to bring the Spanish midfielder to Manchester City's MLS-based sister club at some point in the future.

New York City FC director of football Claudio Reyna has revealed to Mundo Deportivo that the MLS expansion club plan to continue pursuing Barcelona star Xavi.

Xavi, 34, almost signed for NYCFC in the summer, revealing to MARCA that he “had his bags packed” for a move before Barca manager Luis Enrique convinced him to remain at the Nou Camp for at least another season.

The Spanish midfielder has since seen his role in the side reduced over the course of this term, however, with Mundo Deportivo reporting last week that a stateside switch could be back on at the end of the campaign.

Reyna has admitted that his big-spending team will look to get back in the conversation if anything does happen in the summer, but doesn’t expect the World Cup-winner to be available until next season.

“We aren’t closing the doors in the face of Xavi for next season,” Reyna said. “It’s true that we have tried to sign him before, but next year we will need new Designated Players and that door remains open for him.”

A one-club man, Xavi has made 746 total appearances for Barca since his 1998 debut, winning seven La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns, two Spanish Cups and two Club World Cups in the process.

Owned by Manchester City backers City Football Group, NYCFC’s connections to the Catalan giants can be traced to their sister club’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, while the MLS side’s CEO, Ferran Soriano, was also Barca president between 2003 and 2008.

Considering those existing ties, it would be no surprise to see Xavi join the likes of Frank Lampard and former club and international teammates David Villa in New York in the future, although when his likeliest date of arrival would be remains to be seen.

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