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He returns to LaLiga, but not to Barcelona: PSG dictates the future of Xavi Simons

Xavi Simons has sounded strong in recent weeks as the next signing of the FC Barcelona. According to Spanish media, his arrival for the winter market 2022 He already has the approval of coach Xavi Hernández. The young Dutch midfielder is also interested in returning to the club that formed him as a footballer. However the Paris Saint-Germain, the team that owns his pass, is not willing to let him play in Barcelona after all the work it took to get him out of La Masía. According to the Spanish portal El Gol Digital, the high command has found another destination for the European ‘pearl’: the Real Betis.

According to the aforementioned source, at PSG they agree with the idea that Simons gains minutes and experience elsewhere given the few opportunities he has received from Pochettino. However, Barça is not a destination that Parisians like, but the Sevillian team led by Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini.

At Benito Villamarín they did not take long to contact PSG to show interest in Simons. The idea of ​​the Betics, as well as the picture of the League 1, is that the young midfielder plays on loan in The league until the end of the season. The Dutchman would have no option to buy at the end of 2021-22.

“Betis offers to continue training the midfielder, and what better way than in the hands of an international coach like Pellegrini. The Betic coaching staff believes that the boy can easily play in the first division of a league and the Chilean wants him to be in LaLiga Santander ”, the aforementioned source publishes.

Before leaving on loan to Betis or any other team in Europe, Xavi Simons would first have to extend with PSG the contract that expires on June 30, 2022. Once his continuity has been resolved, the Parisians would not hinder his departure on loan in the winter market next January.

Xavi Simons was trained in the quarries of FC Barcelona. (Getty)

Xavi’s numbers

The Dutchman left the Camp Nou in 2019 because he believed that at PSG he would reach the elite faster, but this has not happened. He has been in some call-up of Pochettino’s first team, but has returned to the youth team of the Parisian club where he cannot see his ambitions fulfilled.

So far in the 2021-22 campaign, Xavi Simons has not added minutes of play with the first team. Although he has appeared in the call-up against Saint-Étienne, he remained in the substitute bench. All his appearances have been with the youth.

It should be noted that the young Dutchman is valued, according to the ‘Transfermarkt’ portal, at 500,000 euros. The international with the inferiors of the Netherlands team, in addition to being a midfielder, can also act as a pivot. The Barça squad wants to be the protagonist of the next ‘soap opera’.

Barça, before the possible future Simons club

Leaving aside the issue of signings, Barcelona is getting ready to host Real Betis this Saturday, December 4, at the Camp Nou. With Xavi Hernández on the bench, the Catalans are coming off two consecutive wins in LaLiga (Espanyol and Villarrea).

After the clash against Manuel Pellegrini’s, the Barcelona team will travel to Germany to seek qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League against Bayern Munich, a team that will not have the support of their fans before the arrival of the fourth wave of coronavirus.

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