Sunday, 5 July 2009

[2008] Renewal offer for Xavi

this post was published exactly one year ago:

Catalan sports paper Sport claims that Barcelona plans to offer Barcelona midfielder and Spanish international Xavi Hernández (28) a contract renewal in the next two weeks.

Barcelona would offer the Catalan midfielder a financially better contract for the next five seasons. That way the player, whose current contract expires in 2010, would be rewarded for his good performances at the European championships in Austria and Switzerland last month.

Barcelona wants to act fast because his recent games with the Spanish national team have reactivated the interest of several European top clubs, amongst which Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan (read more here). Some of them have already contacted the player's entourage to learn more about his current contract situation and his wishes for the future.

Although Xavi would be attracted by the idea of playing one day in the English Premier League, his absolute priority is to continue in Barcelona for many more years to come, if possible until his retirement. The appointment of Josep Guardiola as new Barcelona manager is an extra motivation for the player to stay.

Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain has recently contacted the player's agent to inform him officially about the interest of the club to propose the player a contract renewal. A formal offer should follow soon.

pep's opinion:
a very good thing, xavi has been for years one of the most underrated players in european football. with his skills, he would be sensational in the premier league. he might return stronger than ever next season after the recognizition he has received for his euro performance. but if they would have handled this renewal a few months ago, it could have been cheaper for the club...

Read more 5 July 2008 news:
Barcelona pushing hard for Adebayor
Barça B: Gai feels ready for first team
Getafe interested in Crosas
Better contract for Messi

1 comment:

one year ago, readers said...

Anonymous said...

u said it all pep. for me he`s one of the best mids in the world but does`t get much recognition. now after he won the best player at the euros every team is dying for his services, well they can keep dreaming.
Blaugrana for life!!!


Anonymous said...

brilliant blog pep! i wanted to ask u what`s the latest news on r10, Sammy eto`o and gudjonson (the 3 players barca are trying to get rid of). we still need a attacking mid who cansit at the bench, a wing who will start our games and a tall striker. i think we should bring Mario Gomez, malouda and hernanes. who do you we should bring and which players are the negotiations most advance?

KAYR and thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Malouda is absolute crap!

lekan said...

thats a very good award for his excellent performance in the euros and i thouhgt xavi ends his career with barcelona bcos he his one of the best midfielders i the word but he gets low recognation and i think thats excellent for barcelona so that top european club would not price our current best midfielders away from his father land.but on the other way i want him to ply his trade in the english priemier league at one point of his career but not now.

Anonymous said...

I'm very happy to see that Barcelona are coming to their senses (finally!)and rewarding Xavi for not only his excellent form at the Euros but also for what he's meant to the club over the years. Messi, Henry, Alves,- all great players no doubt. But Xavi and Puyol ARE Barcelona football! The thought of seeing them wearing another jersey is tantamount to treason!

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