Liga - New York Red Bulls 'make Xavi approach'

New York Red Bulls have offered Xavi the chance to leave Barcelona, with Thierry Henry pushing his former team-mate to join the MLS.

Xavi has recently spoken of the chances his long-term future lies away from Camp Nou and has also confirmed a desire to experience a League outside Spain.

His current contract runs until 2016 so no move would happen before then but Red Bulls have already started to lay the groundwork, contacting Xavi a few weeks ago, AS claims.

Henry, who moved to New York from Barcelona in 2010, has told Xavi of his happiness at the club. The two were close during Henry’s time at Barca, when Xavi helped the former Arsenal forward to settle.

Speaking on Thursday after being presented with a Fair Play award by the Barcelona Players Association, Xavi reiterated that he did not know where he would be in the long-term.

“Being tied to Barcelona is a privilege, but I don’t know what will happen in the future.”

Xavi preferred to focus on Saturday’s game against Atletico Madrid, which he feels will be crucial to the season.

“The match against Atletico will be vital for the future of the League,” Xavi said.

“Victory for Barca would be a blow to Atletico.

“It will be a great show. The two teams are in extraordinary form and both have great players.”