Friday, February 21, 2014


Pass master: David Beckham is targetting Barcelona midfielder to join his Miami franchise in 2017
It is being revealed that former  football megastar, David Beckham wants Barcelona midfield maestro Xavi for his new MLS venture in Miami.

Xavi, is tied to Barcelona until 2016 when he will be 36 and, despite interest from elsewhere, he has made it clear he wants to see out his career at the Camp Nou.

Xavi, who played his 144th Champions League tie in the 2-0 win over Manchester City on Tuesday night, was linked with a move to New York Red Bulls earlier this year but responded by revealing the only club he had considered leaving Barca for was Bayern Munich in 2008.
Not bad views: Just a few of the things Xavi could get used to in Miami...
That would fall in line with Beckham’s franchise aspirations with his Miami-based club not expected to be ready to start until 2017 as they plan to build a new stadium with the waterfront at Biscayne Bay, near where Caribbean cruise ships dock, a potential site.

It is understood, however, that early soundings have been made and so far Xavi is receptive to the idea if he feels his body is still fit enough to continue.
Battle: Xavi made his 144th Champions League game against Manchester City on Tuesday

Miami is heavily populated by Spanish-speaking residents and Xavi would be a huge commercial draw as Beckham looks to get the city behind his new club.
Marquee signings: Cristiano Ronaldo has also been linked with a move

Balon d'r Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo has also been mentioned and may consider the move appealing as he will be 32 at that stage.

Beckham, who only retired from the game just last summer after winning the French Lique One title with PSG, exercised an option in his MLS contract, in which he played six years and won two titles with the LA Galaxy, to purchase a franchise for a below-market £15million. 
Ready: Beckham's MLS franchise has been confirmed, and the Spaniard would be 36 when it starts

His investors include business partner, Simon Fuller, who created American Idol, and Marcelo Claure, the Miami-based billionaire chief executive of the global wireless distribution firm Brightstar Corp.
Not bad views: Just a few of the things Xavi could get used to in Miami...

New York Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh, the former Scotland manager, ruled out their own chances of signing Xavi but said MLS sides were hopeful of big name additions after the World Cup. 

He said: ‘There could be some opportunities in the summer but in the short term with Xavi I couldn’t see anything happening. If we’d ever sign him, I’d just retire. It’d be great. I’d just come and watch him because he’s just phenomenal.’

Source:DailyMail Online

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