FC Barcelona youngster Xavi Simons, who spent last season with Cadete A, has decided to bring an end to his time at the club after nine years. The Dutch midfielder's contract expired last month and he's decided he needs a new challenge, although he's yet to officially confirm where he is going. However his future appears to lie in Paris with PSG. He was spotted in the club's offices on Tuesday morning, alongside his agent Mino Raiola, negotiating the terms of his new contract.
In his farewell letter, Simons said: "I leave a part of me in Barcelona and a part of Barcelona will always be with me. It's a complicated day for me because nobody likes to say goodbye. And less so when you need to say goodbye to the place that's been your home."
Simons arrived at Barcelona when he was just seven years old. Now 16, the Dutch youngster had an offer on the table to extend his stay at la Masia but he, nor his entourage, were happy with the terms. Barça wanted him to stay but weren't willing to break the bank to ensure he did.
The youngster was one of the stand-out performers in Barcelona's academy for how well he adapted to the style of football and quickly amassed a huge following on social media. He was a key member of the Cadete A side which won the league. Now he's making the step up but won't be doing it with his La Masia teammates.