Xavi Simons, who used to play for the Barcelona academy and is now a player for Paris Saint-Germain, just signed a new deal with PSV Eindhoven. The team is managed by Ruud Van Nistlerooy, who used to play for Real Madrid. Simons was a free agent at age 19.
A report in the French newspaper L’Équipe says that Real Madrid tried to sign Simons before he signed with PSV. They wanted to bring the Dutch midfielder to the Bernabeu.
At the very least, that report is surprising and interesting. Simons wasn’t on anyone’s mind in the media, and no one knew that he or Real Madrid had talked to each other.
Real Madrid was interested in Xavi Simons
The report from L’Équipe says that Simons turned down Real Madrid’s offer (clearly). The plan was to move Simons to Castilla and let him grow there for the time being. If that were true, it wouldn’t be too strange. Simons is a marketable player with a lot of followers on social media, which may have been one reason why Real Madrid wanted to bring him to Estadio Alfredo di Stefano.
As he left PSG, he posted to his millions of social media followers, “After three great years at the club, it’s time to say goodbye. I’m very thankful to the coaches, staff, my teammates, and everyone else on the team. My heart will always belong to PSG.”
On PSV’s official website, they wrote about the signing.
“The Ligue 1 champions, for whom he made nine appearances last season, offered him a new contract, but he wanted to move on and get more playing time,” the Dutch club said.
Simons said last week that one of the reasons he left PSG for PSV was to get more playing time. This happened after a season in which he only made one start for PSG in Ligue 1.
Now, a lot of people will be watching to see if Simons can improve his performance in the Eredivisie with PSV next season.