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Xavi is under contract at Barcelona until 2016..

Xavi rejects Manchester City contract offer

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi has rejected Manchester City's offer of a three-year contract to spearhead the club's Major League Soccer project with New York City next season.

According to Spanish publication Sport, the 34-year-old held talks with Citizens chief Ferran Soriano last week, after the former Barca vice-president and general manager visited the Camp Nou legend personally to discuss the possibility of a lucrative move to the United States.

Having penned a contract with Barcelona that runs until the summer of 2016, the Spain international - who is gearing up for this summer's World Cup in Brazil - has made clear his desire to stay put for at least another year.

Soriano and Xavi maintain a good relationship from the former's time at Barcelona, so there remains a chance that the veteran playmaker could join Manchester City's MLS franchise in the future.

However, for now the Barca legend is fully focused on giving his all for the Catalan club, and is excited by the latest 'project' that will be undertaken by new manager Luis Enrique following the recent departure of Tata Martino.

Enrique - a former Barcelona star and team-mate of Xavi's - will hold talks with the Manchester City target in the coming weeks, to discuss his role moving forward in the first-team.

Xavi is keen to finish on a high whilst he is still an important figure in the side, rather than slowly drifting out of the picture in the final years of his career.

The opportunity to hang up his boots in North America as one of Manchester City's marquee signings might appeal to Xavi in the future, but not before completing another season with his boyhood club in 2014/15.

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