At one point earlier this year, New York City FC seemed set to start 2015 with a new stadium agreement in place and a midfield featuring Frank Lampard and Xavi. Now, they’re going to be at Yankee Stadium for about as long as Derek Jeter was, Lampard’s having so much fun at Manchester City it’s unclear when he will buy his first subway MetroCard, and Xavi’s not coming at all.
The Barcelona veteran told Sport he had his “suitcase packed to head to New York” last summer after NYCFC scored an early victory over the NY Red Bulls by appearing to beat them out for his services.
“The season was over and I was disappointed to be on the bench for the [title deciding] game against Atletico Madrid and, with a new coach incoming with his own ideas and players, I felt that my time at the club was up,” Xavi said.
He added that “everything was agreed” with NYCFC, but new head coach Luis Enrique persuaded him to stay at the Nou Camp. Even so, rumors persisted in the fall that Xavi might come to New York next year, but if the story’s to be believed, the 34-year-old now wants to stay with Barcelona until his contract ends in 2016.
Still, he’s only started eight league games for the team so far this season, so let’s still file this under “watch this space next summer.” Or, “don’t unpack just yet.”