Xavi Hernández seems to have made a very late U-turn on his future. The Barça midfielder will report for first-team training this Thursday having decided to remain at his boyhood club until January at the very least, if not until the close of the 2014-15 campaign.
This conclusion, which has already received coverage in various corners of the Catalan press, was reached following the latest negotiations held between the club, in concrete terms coach Luis Enrique and president Josep Maria Bartomeu, and the player.
34-year-old playmaker Xavi, who still has two years remaining on his contract, had made noises to friends and family about his intention to leave the club, which eventually made it through to the press. The physical exertion required at the Spanish giants coupled with some enticing offers from New York City and a Qatari club had influenced his thought process.
The same sources now reveal, however, that the player has turned down the aforementioned offers as he does not consider it to be an opportune moment to leave the club where he has won it all. The earliest possible departure date has now been moved back until January, when the Spain international will re-evaluate his position. A further factor is that the MLS season does not begin until next spring.
Xavi's weekly wage on the remaining two years of his contract is the highest it has ever been during his career. A further hitch in the negotiations was the fact that the incoming offers did not match the player's current salary, which led to protracted talks about a potential big-money payoff from Barça to offset this financial shortfall.