|Desc||The loss of Xavi Simons to Paris Saint-Germain last summer came as a bitter blow to Barcelona, with the Dutch prodigy named after a Blaugrana legend. The 16-year-old midfielder, who can fulfil a variety of roles on account of his wide range of skills, had been at La Masia since 2010, captaining the Catalan club at various age grades, but even the dream of one day playing alongside Lionel Messi was not enough to dissuade Simons from turning down PSG, who put the new arrival straight into their Under-19 squad|
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2019 07 23 Retrieve
[Barcelona wonderkid Xavi Simons announces departure from Liga giants] It was a dream come true when I put on my first Barca jersey nine years ago as a pre-benjamin (under-8) player. Through the years I have experienced victories and defeats, I have fallen and gotten back up time and time again. Through it all, my team-mates, my coaches and the entire staff at La Masia have been there by my side, every single day. Even if I am only 16 years old, I have also felt the love and support of hundreds of thousands of Barca fans that wanted me to keep growing and someday make it to the Camp Nou
To all of you, I can only say: thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, I will never forget our time together and will forever cherish the memories. As I am about to start a new and exciting adventure away from Barcelona, this club, its people and its fans will always hold a special place in my heart. Forca Barca!
2019 07 23b Retrieve
[PSG sign wonderkid Simons following Barcelona exit] Today is not easy, as saying goodbye is one of the hardest things in life and today it’s my turn to say goodbye to what has been my home, my family, my life for as long as I can remember. As I am about to start a new and exciting adventure away from Barcelona, this club, its people and its fans will always hold a special place in my heart
2019 07 24 Retrieve
I prefer to assist than to score. For me, assists are the most important. When I score, I am happy, but if a team-mate scores I am also happy. So I prefer to assist because it’s good for the team. I’m more into position play. I don’t like tricks, but when it is necessary I’ll do a trick. I’m more into tiki-taka
2019 10 08 Retrieve
[Former Barca youngster Xavi Simons says It’s everyone’s dream to play with Messi but I chose my own path] If you are young, you really enjoy it. Barcelona is very big, but you don’t realise it when you’re so young. You always have to be yourself and act normally. I think I did that. I’m a very calm guy, but that changes when I’m on the pitch. Then I become a player with a lot of character.
Messi is the best player in the world, of course. Everyone dreams about playing with him, but sometimes you have to choose another way. I decided to begin a new adventure and I think that’s good for my development
At the beginning it was very tough, because they are physically stronger than me. But now I’m used to it and I feel good. And I already trained with the first team, I was very happy with that
[Currently, Simons is preparing for Euro qualifying with the Netherlands U17s, although he could someday be eligible to represent Spain] I feel proud when I’m here and I also like to play together with some guys that I normally don’t get to play with. It’s nice to represent your country. I only have a Dutch passport, but I could also request a Spanish one. But that’s not an issue right now.