PSV coach Van Nistelrooy confirms talks with Xavi Simons to remove PSG’s €12 million option.
“We’re talking about extending Xavi Simon’s contract; we see him as a key player in building the PSV for the future,” Van Nistelrooy says.
The former Barcelona academy star chose to keep getting better in Eindhoven instead of letting the French giants decide his future.
Xavi Simons, who was known as a “wonderkid” and had turned down a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain, had completed a permanent move to PSV. The 19-year-old was supposed to stay at PSV on loan, but the Eredivisie team announced that Simons had signed a five-year deal with the club and will officially join the team.
Van Nistelrooy, the coach of PSV, has said that he has talked with Xavi Simons about getting rid of the €12 million option for PSG.
Why was Simon important to PSG?
Since he was a child in Barca’s famous La Masia program, where he often went viral for how well he could dribble, Simons has been known as a very talented person.
He left Spain in the summer of 2019 to sign with PSG, and after making his career debut in the 2020–21 season, he improved his play last season.
Simons played nine times for Mauricio Pochettino’s first squad in 2021–2022, but he was also a standout in the UEFA Youth League, where he scored four goals and provided six assists in only seven outings in the elite Under-19s tournament.
Simons, who was twice selected to the NXGN list of the world’s greatest young footballers, has been dealing with contract concerns all season, but it seemed like a resolution had been reached in the last few weeks of the campaign.
|Xavi Simons alias Wonderkid|
But PSV was able to lure the young Dutchman back to his country, and the club’s director of football affairs, John de Jong, voiced his happiness when Simons signed.
In 2022, De Jong said on PSV’s official website, “We have witnessed practically all the games this season where he appeared.”
“In this, he won us over.” “Xavi has all the potential to develop into a key player for PSV and wants to travel that road with us.”