Barcelona star wanted by David Beckham for MLS franchise

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David Beckham wants iconic Barcelona midfielder Xavi to join his MLS franchise in Miami - although the team won't be ready to start until 2017, when the Spanish World Cup winner turns 37.

Xavi is widely considered one of the best midfielders of his generation, having won a host of major honours with Barcelona and Spain over the last 15 years. The 34-year-old is still considered a key player for the Catalan giants, despite his advancing years, and was expected to see out the rest of his career at the Camp Nou.

However, Beckham hopes to lure the veteran pass-master to Major League Soccer once he begins to approach the winter of his career in a few years time, according to the Daily Mail. Xavi would be one of the Miami-based club's designated players, which would guarantee him one last big contract.

The midfielder's current deal at the Barcelona expires in 2016, but the reigning La Liga champions are expected to extend his deal to ensure that he retires with the club. Xavi is one of the most football-intelligent players at the club and many believe he will eventually become Barcelona's head coach.

But will a move to MLS scupper his hopes of becoming the next Pep Guardiola? It could be a difficult decision for Xavi, but Beckham will offer him the chance to extend his playing career well into his late 30s.

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