Xavi Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Barcelona Star

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2014

Xavi Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Barcelona Star

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    Barcelona stalwart Xavi Hernandez has been linked with moves away from his club in recent weeks.
    Barcelona stalwart Xavi Hernandez has been linked with moves away from his club in recent weeks.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Barcelona without Xavi Hernandez seems almost unimaginable. In any case, despite recent speculation linking the longtime servant with a move away, it is something fans of the Catalan club are unlikely to have to worry about for the time being.

    Xavi made his 700th appearance for Barcelona against Getafe last week, and added further to that tally this past weekend in his team's 1-1 draw with Levante.

    The 33-year-old has featured 25 times this season, and is still very much a part of one of the best club midfields in world football.

    Last week, he told Mundo Deportivo—in English at ESPN FC—there was no potential transfer currently in the pipeline.

    Even if a move away from Barca seems remote right now, Xavi's age and the likelihood of interest from elsewhere makes his future worth keeping an eye on. As integral as he has been for his boyhood club, the time is approaching where they will have to at least begin considering life without him.

    Check back here throughout the week for any rumours, speculation and news about Xavi's future.

    LAST UPDATED, MONDAY JANUARY 20

New York Red Bulls Still Keen on Xavi

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    Teammates reunited? Xavi and Thierry Henry back when the latter was still a Barca man.
    Teammates reunited? Xavi and Thierry Henry back when the latter was still a Barca man.Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

    Monday, January 20

    Over the weekend, New York Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh admitted he would be keen to sign Xavi, but also stated there is "nothing for us to talk about at this moment in time."

    As quoted by NBC Sport's Steve Davis, Roxburgh made it clear that New York—home to Xavi's former Barcelona teammate, Thierry Henry—would be interested in signing the Spain international if he became available.

    Roxburgh noted Xavi remains under contract with his current club until 2016, and how "in the short term, I can’t imagine such a thing (a transfer) happening."

    Following the initial emergence of speculation linking the veteran with a move to Major League Soccer, Xavi denied any deal was being discussedeither with the Red Bulls or Manchester City's New York franchise, per Charles Reynolds of The Independent.

    "Nobody has made me any proposition," he told Sergi Sole and Gabriel Sans of Mundo Deportivo, as translated by ESPN FC Spain correspondent Dermot Corrigan.

    "I know nothing else about New York apart from that it is very cold there. Henry has not called me, nor have I spoken with him. I do not have his telephone number."