New York City FC to pass over Barcelona's Xavi?

Pirlo and Xavi Italy Spain

The MLS club's head coach Jason Kreis remains on the fence over whether the Spanish midfielder would be a worthwhile acquisition.

While New York City FC prepares for the summer arrival of star signing Frank Lampard, the possibility of a midfield-partnership with Barcelona’s Xavi remains a much-discussed topic.

The Spain international, 35, has long-been linked with a move to NYCFC and came close to a summer transfer before Barca manager Luis Enrique persuaded him to remain at the Nou Camp for another season, revealing to Marca that he “had his bags packed”.

Nevertheless, this term has seen the World Cup-winner’s role reduced in the side and, with Cadena Ser reporting earlier this month that the two teams had met for talks over a summer deal, it’s no surprise that head coach Jason Kreis has been forced to field numerous questions on his possible acquisition in recent weeks.

Speaking to SBISoccer.com, though, the MLS expansion club’s boss was on the fence over how much of a fit Xavi would be in New York, given both his position and age.

“This is always difficult because when you think about a player like Xavi Hernandez, for me, one of the [best] players in the world ever, you say to yourself on one side that there’s no doubt that a player like that will be great at New York City,” Kreis said.

“But when you look at it from another view and say you only got three of these [DP spots], and you already got another one that plays in the midfield [Lampard] and you got a third one in David Villa, whose all relative age are getting up there, you start to think, maybe not.

“I’m a huge fan of Xavi Hernandez. I think he would be a huge player in this league, no doubt about it,” he continued. “But positionally, I don’t think that it makes the best sense and the most sense.”

However, club captain David Villa is in little doubt over whether his side should pursue his former Barca and Spain teammate, adding: “Xavi would be a good fit in any league in any team.

“He’s a world-class player and anybody from MLS or from this team who likes soccer would receive him with open arms, so I just hope that he would come and we would ask him to be a part of the team.

“But you know you can have many wishes and many hopes in life and know those dreams are not gonna come true, so it’s something that is not in my hands.

“I can just say that I hope he would come here and that would be a pleasure to have him. He’s a great friend, he’s a great player and a great teammate.”

A one-club man, Xavi has made 748 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.

With his deal set to expire in the summer of 2016, a move elsewhere looks to be on the cards but whether it will be to NYCFC remains up in the air.

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